Surrey Hills house turned from ‘rabbit warren’ to wonderland

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Period charm in a Surrey Hills pocket.

From dank and dark to bright and breezy, a contemporary renovation has reinvented this Surrey Hills house.

Dubbed a “rabbit warren” by its vendors before a 2017 update, 19 Wells St is on the market with price hopes of $2.5-$2.75 million.

Built as the owners’ family home before a work opportunity saw them move interstate, no expense was spared in the materials used by the young couple.

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The Surrey Hills house before its transformation.

A light lunch.

Calacatta porcelain benchtops in the relocated kitchen, architect-designed landscaping, clerestory windows and solar sky lights reinvented the five-bedroom house.

Woodards Camberwell agent Maria Xu said opening the door to the wide front hallway set the scene.

“It has so much open space and leads to a very sun-filled open kitchen and dining area with beautiful high ceilings,” Ms Xu said. “It took a long time to design and a long time to implement this renovation – they did everything property as (they planned to) live their a long time.”

The hallway has gone from dark …

… to light.

Well manicured lawns and gardens at the property.

Ms Xu said the property had already been well received at open for inspections and had neighbours stopping by for renovating tips.

“Lots of neighbours asked what paint they used, how they did it – there’s been lots of people coming to see how they did this project,” she said.

“The home is very versatile; it could suit a young growing family or a family with teenagers.”

Ms Xu said the couple planned to do a similar project on a larger property interstate.

The Surrey Hills house goes to auction at 2pm on February 22.

The kitchen was transported …

… and transformed.

Plush carpets can be found in the house’s bedrooms.

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