It was a case of practice makes perfect for this couple who has built the dream family home.

 

CHEAT SHEET

Who lives here? Lauren and Matt Wilson, their sons, Teddy, 4; Henry, 3; and Jimmy, 8 months; and Elvis the kelpie. Matt runs
Built By Wilson, a company that specialises in architectural homes; and Lauren, a lawyer, is helping out while she’s on maternity leave

Style of house: A ’30s Californian bungalow in Victoria’s Newtown, that has had an extra level and an extension added

Timeline & Cost: The renovation took seven months and cost $450k. “The big costs were the oak flooring, cabinetry and kitchen appliances,” says Lauren

 

LESSONS LEART

“If I could go back, I’d add 20 per cent to what we thought everything would cost as a contingency” Lauren Wilson, Homeowner

Biggest mistake: “We don’t feel like we made any, except probably when it came to budget,” says Lauren. “But that happens – once you’re on the path, you’re on it. If I could go back, I’d add 20 per cent to what we thought everything would cost as a contingency.”

Best advice: “We put the lawn down and did quite a lot of the backyard before we started on the renovation,” says Lauren. “In the last house, we ended up with a mud pit in the backyard and you don’t need that with three little kids so, basically we started out the back and worked through to the front. Having a separate playroom off the living space worked perfectly in our last house – you want to be able to confine toys to one space.”

Best surprise: “The door that separates the playroom from the living area, and pushes back to frame the shelves. I showed Matt a photograph on Pinterest and said, ‘Can we do this?’” says Lauren. “The kids can be in that room making a lot of noise and we can just close them off. It blocks them off but you can still see them,” adds Matt.

 

Thanks to Bugaboo, you can take a virtual tour of this modern family home:

 

Want more?
Read the inspection report here or see the full story on this renovation in our May 2015 issue on sale now!

 

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