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A Victorian home’s ensuite and deck update

While they loved their c1895 Victorian home, these homeowners knew that their outdoor area and ensuite were in desperate need of renewal.

  • Country: Australia
  • Location: Melbourne
  • Date: 13 August 2019

Location: The Basin, VIC

Project description: Renovating an outdoor entertainment area and ensuite

Cost: $175,000

Project duration: 12 weeks

Style of home: Victorian

Renovation specialist: Marcus Smith


When the owners of this magnificent double fronted c1895 Victorian home met with Marcus Smith from Refresh Renovations in Melbourne, they were in disarray about their unusable outdoor entertaining area. 

After Marcus’ initial visit to their home, it was soon discovered that they had good reason to be disheartened. No covering to the area made it very impractical in Melbourne’s climate and there were big problems with water damage caused by substandard guttering and drainage. This resulted in water entering the living room when it rained.

A new concept was designed between them that would allow the family to enjoy the area all year round. The Merbau decking was extended to create a more serviceable space, an Ultimate Louvre Roof system was installed for keeping the decking cool in summer and allowing natural light and warmth in; all while keeping the ground dry in the winter months. To complement the space, Marcus and his team installed a high-performance slimline strip heater and a first-class motorised blind that now filters the light and weather on the western side. New windows, weatherboards and stairs were also added along the back of the home. 

As their relationship with Refresh grew, the homeowners began to bring issues with their existing ensuite to Marcus’ attention. Due to a lack of waterproofing by the original builder in the shower area, structural damage and mould had occurred. This left the ensuite unusable. It was time for repair - and a whole new design that complimented the modern period style of the home.

High-quality fittings included a feature period style basin mixer by Phoenix, a beautiful Timberline vanity and a polished concrete basin. Natural stone hexagon tiles are eye-catching in the large walk-in shower along with a recess for shower products, and a heated towel ladder. Lastly, the guest powder room was upgraded to compliment the new ensuite.

The newly improved deck area and ensuite bring a relaxed, luxury element to the home. Overlooking the family swimming pool, the deck provides plenty of space for Marcus’ clients to entertain. The louvre roof means that they can adjust their outdoor environment to suit the weather.

Inside, the stone tiles and walk-in shower give the ensuite a natural and spacious feel - a huge improvement on the bathroom’s previous condition. 

The finished modern enhancements to this beautiful home are remarkable. Marcus and his team are extremely proud of the results.


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