An Old Lady Cottage Freshened Up for a Young Family

What do you do when you love renovating and building and are itching to do it again… but you love your current location, which is just perfect for your family?

Well, it might not happen very often, but these two dedicated renovators sold their much-loved labour of love – and built their next home right next door.

BEFORE
AFTER
BEFORE
AFTER


Home owners Simon and Katie Mackoski had been looking for a renovation project and found their perfect fit when they chanced upon this West Leederville house, built in 1910. “We wanted an original character home with lots of old features that we could salvage and/or recreate,” says Katie. “We loved the idea of a long central hallway and we wanted the house to be as untouched as possible – no nasty extensions from the 70s! – so that we would not waste money and time removing an unwanted and outdated extension.”

An old weatherboard cottage, it had character in bucketloads, with ornate skirting boards and cornices, 3.5m ceilings, timber windows, jarrah floors and a beautiful wraparound veranda. “It was bright green and very rundown, but the gardens were lovely!” says Katie. “We drove past it late one night and dismissed it, but then something made me go back with my sister a couple days later to view inside. I then brought my husband back – rather nervously – to see what he thought. He agreed it was worth saving and so we put in an offer at that time and it was accepted that evening!”

Simon, an engineer, and Katie, a stay-at-home mum and casual marketing consultant, who now have three kids, Claudia, 6, Scarlett, 4, and Henry, 2, took ownership of the house in September 2013. “We bought the home from a lovely old lady called Dot who had inherited the property from her lifelong friend Henrietta. Henrietta passed away about three years before we bought the property. She had lived in our home her entire life, inherited the home from her parents and then left it to Dot as she had no children of her own.”

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