Renovating this home from its original “raw” condition left the owners in need of a vacation, so they created their own complex at the rear.
Kelli Frampton and Ian McLennan needed a vacation after transforming their Rowville home from the “disgusting” condition in which they bought it seven years ago.
The couple did not quite escape, but they did the best they could do: they created a resort in their backyard.
They added new tile and an automated salt and chlorination system to a solar-heated pool and spa that was already on the palm-covered block when they bought it.
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And they built a stylish outdoor entertaining space called The Resort, which incorporates a built-in six-burner barbecue, refrigerators, a bubblegum-stained pergola, ceiling fans, and a hookup for television.
“When the house started coming together, we wanted to go on vacation,” Ms. Frampton said.
“It was really hard work because the house was in very bad shape when we bought it.
“But then we thought, why do we have to go on vacation if we live in a resort? So we named (the outdoor space) that. “
A new family will relax in the gated community for the summer: Mrs. Frampton and Mr. McLennan are reluctantly selling 3 Hopkins Close to increase their size to a nearby acreage more suitable for their expanding family.
The couple are due to have a third child in April, joining brothers Leroy, who turns three in October, and Harry, 13 months old.
They’ve listed the 715-square-foot property with a price guide of $ 1.2 million to $ 1.32 million and an auction date of October 2, via Ray White Ferntree Gully’s Ben Thomas and Sarah McGlone.
Ms Frampton, who is studying interior design, said they bought the four-bedroom house with “a vision” of what it could become.
They realized that vision for the next two and a half years, working with two traditional friends from Waser Constructions and Grants Constructions, as well as Gemboom Landscapes and Smith & Smith Kitchens.
“We pretty much design everything ourselves. But those four trades were amazing to get the job done, ”Ms. Frampton said.
“It is practically a new house, now.”
Mr. McLennan’s profession as a tree trimmer is evident throughout the house.
“For one of the vanities in our bathroom, he cut down the tree and reconditioned the wood himself,” Ms. Frampton said.
“We also have solid wood tile, wood beams in the kitchen, and a wall with wood elements (in the main living room).”
He highlighted that the open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen have their favorite interior space, largely thanks to their high glass ceiling.
“The joy it brings us, just being able to sit there on a rainy day, watch the rain hit that window and cascade down, is the best feeling,” he said.
“Children also love palm trees. Looking in summer makes us feel like we are in a resort. “
The swimming pool had also been useful during the family’s first Christmas in the house, for about 30 relatives on a “really hot” day.
The kitchen is another standout feature, with Calacatta marble benches, twin Smeg ovens, and subway-tiled backsplash.
Four bedrooms, two modern bathrooms, a second living room, and a double garage complete the single-story floor plan.
The property is within walking distance to Sutton Lake, Stud Park shopping, a nursery and schools, and also a short drive from EastLink or the Monash Freeway.
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Originally published as Rowville House it features an outdoor entertaining space called ‘The Resort’