Dudley renovation transforms former coalminer's cottage

Twenty years ago, Warwick and Roslyn Beard saw potential in a coalminer’s cottage that had been turned into “your classic 70s home”.

Through “a labour of love” and a lot of Warwick’s own handiwork they transformed 15 Tumut Street into an ideal family oasis.

The Dudley home is built over three levels and enjoys an open plan layout. There are a choice of alfresco areas and views of the ocean.

“It had originally been a coalminer’s cottage and had been renovated into your classic 70s home with red laminex and walnut veneer on the cupboards,” Warwick said.

“It was very closed in, with long narrow hallways and not much open space at all.

It had originally been a coalminer’s cottage and had been renovated into your classic 70s home with red laminex and walnut veneer on the cupboards.

“I climbed up onto the roof and looked what the view was like and we saw some potential in the place.

“We had an architect draw up some concept plans and it really has been 20 years of work from the day we moved in, when we started ripping up carpet.”

The home has plenty of history.

“Some of the timber in the main bathroom is cedar and came from the cot built for Ros’s mum by her grandfather,” Warwick said.

There are 80-year-old timber floorboards in the dining room which were original to the home and have been restored. Mixed hardwoods have been used for the remainder of the floors and floor-to-ceiling glass has been used to maximise natural light and views.

It “will be hard to leave” but the couple are downsizing.

“It’s light and it’s airy and a really casual place to live,” Warwick said.

Cveta Kolarovski, of Robinson Property, is marketing the property. Offers are expected over $1 million and an inspection is scheduled for 1pm on Saturday.

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