This Magnificent ’70s Pad Has Been Completely Restored + It’s For Sale

This Magnificent ’70s Pad Has Been Completely Restored + It’s For Sale

On The Market

by Christina Karras

Inside the glamorous living room. Foscarini Twiggy Floor Lamp from Space Furniture. Kartell Stone Stool from Space Furniture. Wylie Chair from En Gold. Fritz Hansen Metal Frame Space Lounge Chair by Jehs and Laub. Linen sheer curtains by Diamond Valley Drapes. Lighting by Unios. Homewares from Frey Home. Artwork by Toby Raine.

‘The super high 3.6-metre ceilings in this living room are what first caught our attention when buying this home,’ owner Erica George says. The house was re-painted by Samson Painting, with Erica ‘picking up a paintbrush’ whenever she could.

Joinery by Nickson and Burke. Sculpture by Patrick Dagg from James Makin Gallery. Custom brass shelves by  Australian Metals. Hardware by Designer Doorware. Terrazzo flooring by Defazio Tiles. Objects from Living Edge and Tom Dixon Studio. Marble from Victoria Stone Gallery, manufacturing and installation by Multiform Stone Industries. Walls painted Dulux Natural White.

The showstopping kitchen. Pendant by Giffin Design. Tapware by Abi Interiors. Multiform Stone Marble from Victoria Stone Gallery. Custom brass shelves by Australian Metals. Hardware by Designer Doorware. Joinery by Nickson and Burke. Wall panelling by Screenwood.

Custom banquet seat by Inform Upholstery Design. Artwork by Stanislas Piechaczek. Kartell Chairs from Space Furniture. Joinery by Nickson and Burke.

A secret door within the kitchen reveals the walk-in pantry and laundry. Wall panelling by Screenwood.

Another living room frames a serene view of the swimming pool and gardens. Floor lamp by Ross Gardam. Artwork by Zoe Grey. Furniture from Living Edge, Globewest and Space Furniture.

The all-green main bathroom. Wall tiles from Academy Tiles. Floor tiles from Artedomus. Tapware by Abi Interiors. Custom Concrete Bath by Luxcrete Designer Concrete.

Mirror by Middle Of Nowhere. Joinery by Nickson and Burke.

The ensuite offers a more playful pink theme. Wall tiles from Academy Tiles. Floor tiles from Artedomus. Tapware by Abi Interiors. Lighting by Soktas. Marble from WF Stone, manufacturing and installation by Multiform Stone. Mirror by Middle Of Nowhere. Joinery by Nickson and Burke.

Inside the main bedroom. Walls painted Dulux Clay Court. Bedside tables from Frey Home. Bed cushions by Jardan. Bed Linen by Hale Mercantile Co. Wool carpet by Flooring Xtra.

Walls painted Dulux Natural White. Feature wall painted Dulux Misty Moss. Chair by Globewest. Objects from Few and Far Home. Polytec joinery.

A leafy view from one of the bedrooms. Table lamp from Frey Home. Cushions by Jardan. Bed Linen by Hale Mercantile Co. Wool carpet by Flooring Xtra. Boucle ottoman from Fenton And Fenton.

The stone wall took three months to handcraft by Melbourne Stonemasons.

The entry features a custom-made blackbutt timber pivot door.

The luxurious outdoor entertaining area!

Erica and Damon also spent a lot of time landscaping the surrounds to have a mid-century modern feel, with help from Wricon Group. Block walls by Straight Level Bricklaying. Breeze blocks by Cubic Products.

‘We had seven feature trees craned into position throughout the renovation,’ Erica notes.

The outdoor area was designed to showcase views of the tennis court and surrounding gardens. Outdoor lounge chairs by Zaneti.

The pool was also significantly updated in the renovations. Outdoor sun lounges by Zaneti.

The grass tennis court was refurbished by Thomas Green Landscapes.

‘From the street the home is quite unassuming, which we love,’ Erica says.

Amos House is one of Melbourne’s retro beauties that could’ve been lost to history, if it had fallen into the wrong hands.

Nestled onto a lush acre in Templestowe, the home was originally built in 1971 by industrial designer Graeme James Amos of Oneil Pilli Amos Architects — who reportedly went broke during the project. It’s been home to a series of local families since, but when current owners Erica George and Damon McKinnon saw it for sale in July 2021, the modernist abode had been unoccupied for four years.

‘It was completely overgrown and dilapidated,’ Erica says. ‘My initial thought after inspection was that it was too run down and I called Damon to say: ‘It has great bones, but I think it just needs too much work.”‘

But when Damon visited the home a few days later, he fell in love with it and convinced Erica they could bring it back to its glory days. Two years later, the couple say they have ‘no regrets’ and have just listed 17 Colonsay Street in hopes of finding a new custodian.

They started by completely stripping the house back to its foundations, leaving only the double-brick construction and internal brick walls. Damon and Erica were able to track down a copy of the original plans, and spent months designing their own sympathetic version, while improving its functionality and liveability for today’s era. Erica handled the interior design and managed the project, while Damon — an electrician — worked on ‘almost every element of the renovation,’ in addition to doing all of the electrical updates.

‘We loved the mid-century modern, split-level structure of the home with its towering floor-to-ceiling windows and its alluring private courtyards,’ Erica adds. ‘It was important to source natural materials and finishes such as wood, terrazzo, metal, and glass that commonly feature throughout MCM interiors, with a contemporary take on some of these.’

New grey terrazzo floor tiles feature throughout, contrasted with warm blackbutt timber-lined ceilings in the carport, sunken entry and living room. A signature focus was to ‘bring the outdoors in’ wherever possible, aided by the addition of 12 new skylights that fill the interiors with natural light. Even the colour palette reflects the house’s leafy location, with pops of green in the kitchen’s verde calacatta marble benchtop and the mosaic tiled bathroom — a homage to the ‘quintessential ’70s aesthetic’.

Some of the most extensive works included building a suspended slab that extended the outdoor living area, renovating the pool (with its own diving board) and reviving the grounds, including the full-size tennis court.

‘We were inspired by the sparse cactus gardens often surrounding many of the mid-century gems in Palm Springs, surrounded with pebbled garden beds,’ Erica explains. We incorporated this into our landscape design whilst being mindful to softly mesh it into the surrounding Australian bush surrounds.’

Each room and space was designed to frame these magical views, ‘delightful sunsets’, and the uninterrupted outlook over Ruffey Creek trail. The home’s foundations are cut into the hill, anchoring it perfectly into the sprawling block that has felt more like a country property for the couple and their two kids, despite being within walking distance of Templestowe Village.

‘From the street the home is quite unassuming, which we love,’ Erica says. ‘It’s only when you are down on the tennis court looking back up that you realise what a large entertainer the house really is.’

17 Colonsay Street, Templestowe, VIC is listed for private sale with Kay & Burton Boroondara.

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