Californian bungalow renovation and restoration – Oswald Street

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Blog, How to/ Tips, Video | 8 Comments

Hello all. This weeks blog is a video, talking you through my design approach to this beautiful Californian bungalow renovation in Melbourne. The project will see the old house restored, keeping another piece of this city’s history alive, whilst bringing it up to modern day living standards. Construction of this design started last week.

For best viewing, once you have pressed play, click on full screen on the bottom right of the video pane, and set to high definition – 720p (via the little gear at the bottom of the video pane).

I’d love to hear your feedback, and any questions you have in the comments section below.

See photos of the completed project.

 

8 Comments

  1. SandyMc
    January 21, 2013

    Hi Darren, your thoughtful description of a Californian Bungalow and your very exciting renovation made me feel very nostalgic for our much loved, previously-owned Californian.

    We had our architect designed renovation done in 1992, but it was very sympathetic and even though we went ‘up’ you could barely see the second story extension. Here is the real estate sales page. You might be interested in seeing something from two decades ago which still works.

    http://www.jelliscraig.com.au/property/IVANHOE-15-Ford-Street/2744421/#.UP0A0egm8Qs

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    • Darren Naftal
      Darren Naftal
      January 21, 2013

      What a gorgeous house Sandy. That front facade, absolutely beautiful! I can see why it still holds a special place in your heart. The second floor is really well integrated within the roof pitch to keep height down; it isn’t visible at all from the street. Very clever design solution. It must have been a joy living there.

      Thanks so much for sharing. It’s great the web link is still live so you can take a look and reminisce.

      Darren.

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  2. Geoff Collinson
    January 21, 2013

    Great blog Darren. Can’t wait to follow the project!!

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    • Darren Naftal
      Darren Naftal
      January 21, 2013

      Glad you enjoyed it Geoff. Thank you.

      More to follow soon mate.

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  3. Meg Matthes
    January 24, 2015

    That was such a fantastic video. We have a double brick Californian bungalow we are wanting to renovate in the next 12 months or so. Unfortunately we are on a sloping block so we need to have the house on two levels but are in the same mind thought as you with not wanting the new part of the house to be seen from the street. We love the style of our house and don’t want to change the look at all.

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    • Darren Naftal
      Darren Naftal
      January 27, 2015

      Hi Meg,
      Thanks very much, I’m glad you liked the video. I’m happy to hear you are wanting to maintain the character of your old home and make your additions separate to it. As for the sloping block, there is a solution to all site difficulties, it just has to be well thought out.

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  4. Richard Messerer
    September 29, 2016

    Nice video post thanks for share this with us

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