Richard Sonnichsen does not consider himself “a serial renovator”.
But he has an attraction to character-filled period homes in need of restoration, like the one he has thoughtfully renovated on the corner of Silsoe and Everton streets in an exclusive part of Hamilton East.
Mr Sonnichsen is a building construction manager in the racing and breeding industry. He is also on the Newcastle Jockey Club board of directors.
Before buying the 1930s residence at 1 Silsoe Street in 2007, he renovated period homes in Lorn and Mayfield.
When planning the latest renovation, it was important to remain sympathetic to the home’s era while also adding modern touches to create what he describes as an “easy living” residence.
That meant using gables on the extension, which turned the house from a smaller three-bedroom, one bathroom, one living space residence to a spacious modern home with two bathrooms, formal lounge and a new open plan kitchen, dining and living area that has vaulted ceilings and is filled with natural light.
Original leadlight windows were reused in the new living space, which opens through bi-fold doors to a paved entertaining area and leads to a single lock-up garage with workshop, office, “man cave” or retreat.
Without changing the footprint of the home, a modern living residence with beautiful period features, including french doors, leadlight windows, picture rails, fretwork and baltic pine floors was created.
It “wasn’t an easy renovation” but the result was worth it.
The home is full of natural light and the surrounding street’s treescape offers privacy and protection.
Entry is through french doors to a glassed-in sunroom which at one point would have been an open verandah. It adjoins the home’s lounge room.
“This is a great room with the glass in here, winter or summer,” Mr Sonnichsen said.
“Even when the winds are howling, you’re really protected and we use these two rooms a lot.”
Three light-filled bedrooms all have built-ins and ceiling fans and there is plenty of storage options throughout.
The granite-topped kitchen has a gas cooktop and dishwasher and ample bench space.
A stylish new bathroom has floor-to-ceiling tiles, under-floor heating and separate bath and shower.
There is a large, separate laundry.
“It’s an easy house to live in,” Mr Sonnichsen said.
There is ducted air conditioning and the home has a new terracotta tile roof.
The property is around 480 square metres in size and has low-maintenance gardens.
Driveway entry is off Everton Street through a double-width electric gate.
The home is located within walking distances of well-regarded schools, Beaumont Street, The Junction, Newcastle Interchange, parks and Newcastle Racecourse and moments to a choice of beaches.
It is being marketed by Walkom’s Thomas Hook with a price range of $1.5 million to $1.6 million. The first open home is at 11.30am on Saturday.