Breathing new life into your 1960s home

Breathing new life into your 1960s home

Updating a family home is not an easy task, no matter the size of the project, and if you have an older property then chances are it will need some home improvements done to it. Many people are drawn to houses originally built in the 1960s for their appearance and character, but after more than 50 years of exposure to the elements both inside and out, house renovations are often necessary to retain current living standards.

Whether it’s been your family home for decades, or you’ve just made the purchase, there may be a variety of features you’re looking to change – from bathroom renovations and home extensions, to remodelling an entire house, and there are some tips and tricks of the trade to help keep the character of your 1960s home without sacrificing its history.

Features you may consider changing

House extensions: Additions and home extensions are a great way to increase living space without having to compromise the home itself. By adding a second storey or expanding into unused block space, your 1960s home will be transformed into a modern-day property – just like homeowner Annette did with her 50-year-old Rossmoyne property, whose upstairs house extensions by Summit Home Improvements provides her family with a parents’ retreat/office, walk-in wardrobes and a master bedroom with ensuite and river views.

Kitchen, Dining and Living Room Modernisation: The family kitchen has always been the heart of the home, and 1960s designs were vastly different to today’s modern take of the room, which represents simplicity and light. Sixties styles were full of burnt oranges and lime greens, timber cabinetry and linoleum floors, so if it hasn’t had any kitchen renovations since it was built, then modern-day and contemporary home improvements will do wonders for that space. You’ll also want to consider opening up that separate kitchen, and creating an open-plan kitchen, dining and living room space – ideal for bringing it into the modern day.

Update Layout: Reworking the configuration of original layout can not only provide a better flow of movement, but can allow for additional bedrooms, entertaining areas and storage space. Knocking down walls and putting up new ones can better connect one room to another, create a theatre room or office space, and is a great opportunity to get that 1960s bathroom renovation done at the same time. Read more about Ardross couple Alisdair and Alison who enlisted the help of Summit Home Improvements to reconfigure their family home and construct additional living space as well as a second-storey and balcony all while retaining their large backyard and alfresco.

These types of house renovations are not hard to get started on and can be done!

Features of the home you may want to keep

Look around your 1960s-era home and see what, if any, features you would like to retain.

You might love a particular design feature, which you want to replicate them throughout the home to create a seamless finish. If you are paying homage to the original home, research popular trends of that era, so that you’re new addition or extension is sensitive to its current look and feel.

As with decade-old homes, they have incredible character to them, and it’s possible to retain all that personality using similar colours or materials which are iconic to the era the home was built.

Speak to the Home Improvement Specialists

Summit Home Improvements are your home extensions and house renovations specialists, ready to help you transform your house into your dream home.

Call (08) 6365 2901 (Perth Metro) or (08) 9760 1914 (South West) to speak to a Summit Home Improvements consultant today.