Reviving a Heritage Home for Modern Living

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This early 20th-century home marks the 14th renovation project husband and wife team Nick Condon and interior designer Kate Beadle have undertaken in Melbourne’s Malvern and surrounding inner suburbs. Having completed heritage revivals of a similar nature, Nick and Kate instantly recognised the potential of the old home when they first laid eyes on it. 

Built in 1906 and last renovated in the 1980s, Nick Condon refers to the original single-storey home as a “rabbit-warren” typical of the era; narrow hallways, dark and pokey spaces and an overall disjointed feel. “Although it had seen better days, the house had a lovely facade with a return verandah and charming Edwardian period detailing,” Nick reflects. 

In this feature, we explore how Nick and Kate brought the century-old home into the present day without compromising on character, the motives behind the “functional and equally-relaxing” central kitchen and how the pair cultivated a comfortable family retreat to raise their two boys. 

Produced in partnership with Liebherr

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