What a cracking example of how a California bungalow’s charms can be reinterpreted, reconfigured and expanded into chic glam from go to whoa.

Behind a classic facade, the house’s interior is entirely transformed. What remains of the era – wainscoting, picture ledges, strapped ceilings and sash windows – now look like a cutting-edge blueprint for today.

12 Carlisle Street, Woodend, 3442

 

The traditional central entry hall is laid with pale oak floorboards which flow through to the all-new, beautifully executed back section. Original bedrooms, with every period feature listed above, flank the hall.

The pearl-grey carpeted main bedroom has a fully fitted walk-in robe with several pull-out jewellery display drawers, as well as a swank en suite with beautiful tiling, floating oak-veneer vanity topped with white stone, and walk-in shower with stylish fittings.

The other bedroom neighbours a similarly appointed main bathroom. The third step-down bedroom (off the living hub) has a door to an elevated deck that wraps across the back and down one side – plus another gorgeous en suite.

Square-set cornices, tiered ceiling levels, stacker doors, a stunning picture window drawing in northerly light, plus the white-on-white decor cement the living hub as thoroughly on-point.

A stone-topped island bench, under glass pendants, sets up the kitchen for stylish entertaining, while the cleverly fitted-out butler’s pantry seals the deal – as do soft-close seamless cabinetry and the 900mm cooker and concealed dishwasher with Smeg label. The laundry? Practical and pretty.

Speaking of entertaining, the aforementioned return deck marks the spot for relaxing with friends, who will no doubt envy the nostalgic gardens where old exotic trees dot a spacious lawn, and riotous bedding plants promise little weeding. Bliss. And there’s a cute cubbyhouse and old-brick paving to finish the romantic scene.

Hydronic heating tames Woodend winters, summer-hot windows are double-glazed, there’s a bore to keep gardens lush, and ample off-street parking is provided on the block of about 2000 square metres.

12 Carlisle Street, Woodend, 3442 (Photo supplied)

12 Carlisle Street, Woodend, 3442 (Photo supplied)

12 Carlisle Street, Woodend, 3442 (Photo supplied)

12 Carlisle Street, Woodend, 3442 (Photo supplied)

12 Carlisle Street, Woodend, 3442 (Photo supplied)

12 Carlisle Street, Woodend, 3442 (Photo supplied)

12 Carlisle Street, Woodend, 3442 (Photo supplied)

12 Carlisle Street, Woodend, 3442 (Photo supplied)