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A pair of reno rookies gave a century-old Elsternwick home a contemporary update

This century-old Victorian home in Elsternwick was lovingly updated with a nod to its past by a pair of reno rookies.

When it comes to owning and living in a home, many of us dream of finding a diamond in the rough and tackling the giant project of giving it a renovation that will tailor it perfectly to our needs. For Steph Hegerty and her husband, this dream came true when they stumbled upon a century-old Victorian home in Elsternwick that was ripe for renovating.
“My husband and I had always wanted to renovate a Victorian or Edwardian home and when we saw this house in Elsternwick we saw the potential to bringing these back to life,” says Steph, “We wanted to create a modern home that had the warmth and charm of a period home.”
The end result is a lovingly restored contemporary home that pays homage to the house’s past, melding traditional details with a classic contemporary aesthetic.
"The original house was built around 1910. It was very hard to see its Victorian features as the home had been badly renovated in the 70's, and most of its charm had been removed," explains Steph, "It looked pretty dire, to be honest."<br><br>**Facade** One of the core focuses of the renovation was restoring and re-introducing traditional details to the home. The grey rendered [facade](|target="_blank") pairs beautifully with dark fencing and roofing, and a vibrant blue [front door](|target="_blank") elevates the home's [kerb appeal](|target="_blank"|rel="nofollow").