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The Woodbridge Weatherboard Renovation

Posted Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in: Home Envy

It was dilapidated, needed love and had slowly deteriorated to the point that almost none of the doors and windows could be closed properly. But there was something mesmerising about the old weatherboard cottage that drew young couple and serial renovators Nat and Trent Huckerby to buy it, with the dream of renovating it and turning it into a lovely home to start their family.

Still, upon their first night in the cottage, after having left their beautifully renovated Victorian terrace to move into a house with a leaky roof, floorboards of questionable stability (one unfortunate family member actually fell through) and upon having freshly discovered their new home had a window without any actual glass in it, Nat admits she cried – and wondered if her family and friends were right when they said she and Trent were crazy for even considering a house most people would have bulldozed.

Well, Nat and Trent have now certainly since laid rest to the ‘crazy’ rumours. Just look at this incredible house! Following a ten-year labour of love, the Huckerbys have turned this old cottage into a Woodbridge neighbourhood icon and a wonderful, well-loved family home.

FRONT GARDEN: The wrought iron fencing in the front garden was a secondhand find and one of Nat and Trent’s favourite features. “The wrought iron featured in our front wall we discovered long before we bought this home at a salvage yard and knew one day we would find the perfect home for it!” says Nat. 

STELLA’S ROOM: “Stella has the antique bed that was mine as a child - my mum had found it out on verge collection 33 years ago and it’s over 100 years old,” says Nat. Photos by Red Images Fine Photography.

THE BACK VERANDA: “We love to sit outside either on the lawn or day bed and just admire the view and the birds,” says Nat. “It’s really peaceful and I think it’s just so unexpected when living in suburbia to have this outlook.” Photos by Red Images Fine Photography.

After restoring every inch of this house, Nat and Trent recently made the difficult, emotionally charged decision to sell it to take on a new and even bigger challenge - the restoration of a huge, historic 1917-built lodge in the Perth hills. They decided to sell their weatherboard house at auction – where the little house no-one wanted actually achieved a suburb record for Woodbridge!

Nat and Trent had lived in this house for just more than ten years after buying it in October 2005. As a young couple they had renovated their previous place, a Victorian terrace, and were looking for a home to start a family in when Nat spotted the little weatherboard for sale in the paper. She couldn’t get it out of her head.

“It intrigued me for weeks,” she said. “When I finally thought it could be our next project, it had come off the market.

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