This Magnificent ’70s Pad Has Been Utterly Restored + It’s For Sale
On The Market
Amos Home is one in all Melbourne’s retro beauties that might’ve been misplaced to historical past, if it had fallen into the improper arms.
Nestled onto a lush acre in Templestowe, the house was initially inbuilt 1971 by industrial designer Graeme James Amos of Oneil Pilli Amos Architects — who reportedly went broke through the venture. It’s been residence to a sequence of native households since, however when present house owners Erica George and Damon McKinnon noticed it on the market in July 2021, the modernist abode had been unoccupied for 4 years.
‘It was fully overgrown and dilapidated,’ Erica says. ‘My preliminary thought after inspection was that it was too run down and I referred to as Damon to say: ‘It has nice bones, however I believe it simply wants an excessive amount of work.”‘
However when Damon visited the house a number of days later, he fell in love with it and satisfied Erica they might carry it again to its glory days. Two years later, the couple say they’ve ‘no regrets’ and have simply listed 17 Colonsay Road in hopes of discovering a brand new custodian.
They began by fully stripping the home again to its foundations, leaving solely the double-brick building and inside brick partitions. Damon and Erica had been capable of observe down a replica of the unique plans, and spent months designing their very own sympathetic model, whereas bettering its performance and liveability for right now’s period. Erica dealt with the inside design and managed the venture, whereas Damon — an electrician — labored on ‘nearly each factor of the renovation,’ along with doing all the electrical updates.
‘We beloved the mid-century fashionable, split-level construction of the house with its towering floor-to-ceiling home windows and its alluring personal courtyards,’ Erica provides. ‘It was necessary to supply pure supplies and finishes resembling wooden, terrazzo, steel, and glass that generally characteristic all through MCM interiors, with a recent tackle a few of these.’
New gray terrazzo ground tiles characteristic all through, contrasted with heat blackbutt timber-lined ceilings within the carport, sunken entry and lounge. A signature focus was to ‘carry the outside in’ wherever potential, aided by the addition of 12 new skylights that fill the interiors with pure mild. Even the color palette displays the home’s leafy location, with pops of inexperienced within the kitchen’s verde calacatta marble benchtop and the mosaic tiled toilet — a homage to the ‘quintessential ’70s aesthetic’.
Among the most intensive works included constructing a suspended slab that prolonged the out of doors residing space, renovating the pool (with its personal diving board) and reviving the grounds, together with the full-size tennis court docket.
‘We had been impressed by the sparse cactus gardens usually surrounding most of the mid-century gems in Palm Springs, surrounded with pebbled backyard beds,’ Erica explains. We included this into our panorama design while being aware to softly mesh it into the encircling Australian bush surrounds.’
Every room and house was designed to border these magical views, ‘pleasant sunsets’, and the uninterrupted outlook over Ruffey Creek path. The house’s foundations are minimize into the hill, anchoring it completely into the sprawling block that has felt extra like a rustic property for the couple and their two children, regardless of being inside strolling distance of Templestowe Village.
‘From the road the house is sort of unassuming, which we love,’ Erica says. ‘It’s solely if you end up down on the tennis court docket trying again up that you simply realise what a big entertainer the home actually is.’
17 Colonsay Road, Templestowe, VIC is listed for personal sale with Kay & Burton Boroondara.