• Mount Ophir Estate

'THE LODGE'- A (very big) Renovation Rescue

Nobody was more excited about the final result of 'The Lodge' at Mount Ophir Estate than us.

I was genuinely horrified when my brother showed me the state of this house when we first walked into the property. He kept this house as his final walk through after six other buildings to shock me more than anything. No internal walls, a half tiled bathroom and an un-grouted kitchen and a family of possums had moved in.

Even though this house was in dire of renovation and repair, the bones were perfect, and we could envisage this place will be a beautiful AIRBNB for discerning travellers.

We started with the internal ceiling in the Lodge and pulled out the boards which had been eaten by termites and damaged by water. Nick put together an electrical plan, and we enlisted the help of the electricians to re-wire the whole house. The house didn't have any insulation either, and our temperatures do get to -3 c in the Rutherglen winter and the high 30's in summer, so we wanted people to be comfortable with sound insulation and split systems throughout the house.

We used most of the tiles that had been previously laid and matched new tiles to finish the job in the bathroom. Nick purchased a kitchen and laundry which was installed over a period of a week. Along the way, we had purchased antique chairs which we matched with a new dining room table. We also sourced two church pews which are great features for an old house. We both love art and anyone with creative expertise, and we felt that this house needed some local authentic touches!

We stumbled across a very talented local young artist Lucy, @bymetcalfe on Instagram who decorates cow skulls with beautiful bright fabric. As 'The Lodge' was renovated for guests in mind, we wanted it also

to have a homely feel, especially for families who are travelling with children and want to experience the fantastic Rutherglen country hospitality. Having a vacation with children can be frustrating if you don't have the home comforts, so we made sure when we renovated there were good laundry facilities, high chair and cot available for our guests.

Another great idea was to have one queen bed which can split into two which helps when you are accommodating families or friends travelling together.

This last house was a great achievement for us, with seven homes renovated in two years, we can finally sit down and have a little rest before the next hair-brain scheme comes along.

To learn more about 'The Lodge' head to the website or Airbnb and see the photographs.

www.mountophirestate.com.au or https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/27769368?location=Rutherglen%2C%20Victoria&s=2_c6Qq5f

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