But, back to 2016. Although the house was in good structural condition, it needed significant updating, a job that David and Martin patiently undertook over three years.
“Lyon House was built in the 1880s as a boom Victorian terrace. Like Ballarat, it has seen many changes of fortunes,” explains David.
“In the 1920s, Lyon House was significantly modified to reflect the arts-style that was popular at the time and in the 1950s the house became a boarding house with walls and dividers added which further hid the Victorian roots,” he says.
David and Martin’s intention was to return the grand old house to its Victorian and arts and crafts-style origins by peeling back some of the less complimentary additions and adding a contemporary edge.
As well as updating the three bathrooms and building a minimal modern extension to house a new kitchen, dining and entertaining area – with an impressive 14-seater table – the property’s three bedrooms and two living areas have been given a dramatic makeover.
“The design intent was to contrast the detailed heritage nature of the home with a more modern and relaxed interior and styling,” explains David. “The house has definitely played a part in determining its look.”
“We have peeled some sections back to the Victorian origin and with other areas embraced the craft look with textured walls and rich, deep colour tones. Other more modern areas, we kept light to provide a complementary contrast,” he adds.