Pooch pad’s pride of place in Bardon renovation

It’s no longer up for debate that pets are part of the family, and this Bardon homeowner took that to heart while planning the renovation of her Angus Street home, even going as far as to build a dog house into the structure.
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Once Nicole Steffensen bought the property in 2013, she set about planning out the renovation for her new family home. She has three teenaged daughters aged 19, 16, and 13 and two dogs and included all of their needs in the drafting process.

“[My] daughters all wanted to be downstairs, I asked if they wanted big bedrooms or a big lounge but they all wanted big bedrooms,” Ms Steffensen said. Then came the other two kids, Oscar and Milo.

“They’re like my babies. With all of the fencing and the yard, they were a part of the considerations like my daughters as well,” Ms Steffensen said. “[The dogs] come inside as well but they sleep outside at night. The architect who designed the house said there was a void under the house and we can put them there, it’s seamless.”

Ms Steffensen said the built-in dog house under the stairs drew lots of interest from friends and family.

“For me it was just like an obvious thing, but everyone does comment on it,” she said. “It’s like, ‘oh the dogs have got their own little room’.”

Built-in dog house excluded, the renovation itself is still breathtaking. Despite the children deciding to opt for larger personal bedrooms, the house is still filled with huge amounts of living space. The living areas were spaced out so the children could bring friends around without disturbing mum and dad.

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Outdoors, the 822-square-metre block is beautifully landscaped and terraced, with a pool on the upper level.

Ms Steffensen put the house up for sale, because her eldest daughter is planning on moving out, and she’s pre-empting downsizing. She said she loved the renovation process, and may do another.

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