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The Journey of building our forever home

The Journey of building our forever home

A Fabulous Renovation | House of the Week

A knock down property in Mildura now turned into a stunning family home.
 Beautifully renovated and styled to perfection - 
the transformation is amazing!

Who lives here 

Luke, Mikahl and 4 kids Connor 17, Maddison 15, Elise 14, Drew 10 and our boxer dog Leo.
We have our own Building company in Mildura, Victoria operating under the business name Sunraysia Lifestyle Developments for the past 18 years.

Style of home and location 

A character filled 1930's weatherboard family home located in Mildura, NSW

Timeline of build 

Our home consists of 4 bedrooms, a study, formal lounge, open living, meals and kitchen, all on one level. The extension/renovation began in 2015. The process of turning this old run down property into our new family home took about 6 months.

Before the renovation 

As it stands today - what a transformation!

Tell us a little about your build journey

My husband Luke and I started our building company in our 20’s and have been building and renovating homes passionately for the past 20 plus years. In between, we have been lucky enough to have 4 kids and travelled extensively with them both here in Australia and overseas, gaining inspiration for projects from amazing parts of the world. Whilst I am the creative and artistic one, Luke has a great business sense, and together we have been able to find that balance to make our business and personal relationship work.

The before Kitchen

And after - just amazing!

What do you love about the style and where did you find your inspiration for your beautiful home?

We have always loved the older style period home rather than a new build. When this home came up for sale, it was the perfect project for us both. ‘Ripe for Renovation’ was probably an understatement, and being right in the centre of town, walking distance to shops and schools, it was the perfect choice.  We were ready to move on from our previous renovation and do it all again with new and fresh ideas.

Did you enjoy the process of renovating and designing your home? Any hiccups along the way or things you would do differently?

The process of turning what could have been a ‘knock down’ property into a home is always exciting. A draftsman was brought in to help with the design and repositioning of some spaces. The outside of the property was cleared by a small excavator as there was nothing worth saving. Often it is much easier starting from a blank canvas. A garden sketch was drawn by myself and a paver hired to lay paths and edge garden beds. Inside walls were replastered, new floorboards laid, new doors fitted and our bedroom wall was extended out to make a larger room. Walls were repositioned and added to the rear of the house to make room for the new open kitchen, meals, and living area. 

Fitting everyone into the home comfortably can be quite challenging!. Nothing makes me happier than seeing our 4 growing children and their continuous stream of friends fill the house, but sometimes I do wish we had a little bit more living space, and bigger meals area, maybe a separate ‘kids room’ or perhaps even the addition of another bedroom to the rear of the house. Maybe in time we will consider adding some additional rooms to the property, going upstairs is an option we are looking into.

With this home, I wanted to make an immediate impact by finishing the floorboards with Feast Watson’s ‘Black Japan’ floor stain and installed charcoal carpet. I added deeper colours to the front formal lounge and main bedroom.  It immediately changed the aesthetics of the home. Those floorboards certainly keep me honest but I love how they make such a bold statement. We retained the big original front windows of the home which let in loads of light. We opened up the rear of the house with big windows and doors to create an open space that is child friendly. Now that the major works to the house have been completed,  I now need to slowly add pieces of furniture and decorative pieces to the home. 

I am so thankful that we were able to save this home that was slowly, slowly falling to pieces! I absolutely love that we are right in the heart of town with everything so close and yet still have a really big spacious and green yard surrounding us.

Favourite room in your home?

My favourite room in the house would have to be my bedroom. It’s a really big bedroom with the original windows and loads of natural light streams through.

The master bedroom - a serene and stylish space full of natural light

Is this your forever home or do you have plans for the future?

I don’t believe in a forever home! I am a gypsy and absolutely love change. For now though, we are very happy but we are always on the lookout for that next exciting project.

Garden before

And the garden after - what a beautiful green space!


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Enquiries relating to any items used in the house that aren't tagged please contact Mikahl over on her Instagram @maddison.bloom

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