The house consists of:
Open-plan ground floor:
Generously sized entry area fronted by mid-century Penang-style timber and mottled glass partition.
Living room flows into dining area/airwell.
25-foot long kitchen includes 19-foot stainless steel bench with two sinks and long timber floating shelf above. 16-foot free-standing custom workbench topped in half timber, half marble with shelving beneath. Tall double-wide shelving opposite workbench.
Double refrigerator, 5-burner stainless steel cooker (including double wok ring), high-quality hood with booster, dishwasher, washer, dryer.
Small appliances (mini-chop, electric beater, blender, coffee/spice grinders, coffeemaker etc.) included in sale. Under-sink water heater.
Kitchen looks onto courtyard through wide steel-paned, blue-glass windows and opens onto courtyard through tall double timber doors.
Ample storage in two enclosed closets beneath the staircase.
Retractable roof over the air well.
In the courtyard, steps from the kitchen, a small bath with shower.
6 ceiling fans, windows front and rear and retractable roof create good airflow. No air-conditioning.
Rooms are separated by sturdy painted partitions topped with traditional timber lattice (invisible plexi installed over lattice for air-conditioning).
Large master bedroom suite at the back of the house overlooks courtyard on one side and interior air well on the opposite. Walk-in closet with ample storage above, ensuite terra cotta-floored semi-open bath with shower (no bathtub), toilet, sink. Large mezzanine, over half of the bedroom currently enclosed with plexi, could be opened to create a storage/work space. Extremely high, sloped timber ceiling.
Two ceiling fans and air-conditioner.
TV room/second bedroom with timber pocket door that can be collapsed to create an open lounge area at the top of the staircase. Windows opening onto interior air well brighten the room. One ceiling fan, air-conditioner.
Luminous office/third bedroom at the front of the house with wall-to-wall windows with translucent glass. Built-in closet (shelving, no rods). High sloped ceiling to emphasise roof line. Two ceiling fans, air-conditioner.
Renovations on the property (owners have retained all paperwork), completed mid-2013, included:
--New roof constructed using original tiles and recycled vintage replacement tiles. New gutters.
--Timber was replaced throughout the house. Recycled wood for wide-plank floors, ceilings, partitions and built-in closet doors on the second floor and under-stair storage on the ground floor. New or rebuilt shutters and interior windows with glass panes on second floor.
--Staircase rebuilt: extended with shorter rise and deeper steps, all timber with hand-planed banister, with original granite steps at bottom.
--Completely updated electrical. Old-style exposed wiring, bakelite switches and plenty of electrical outlets in every room. Fuse boxes on ground and first floors.
--Completely replumbed for first and ground floor bathrooms, kitchen and locked spigot on five-foot way out front of the house.
--Completely replastered top to bottom, and painted. Master BR and upstairs hallway require re-plastering and painting; owners can obtain quote from original contractor for the work.
--Wireless internet installed.
--Distressed concrete floor and in-floor gutters (for rainwater) preserved on ground floor.
--Retractable roof over interior air well re-tracked for smooth opening and closing.
--Original outhouse in courtyard razed and rebuilt as a small bathroom with shower.
--Courtyard paved with concrete cut to resemble tiles, and granite slabs salvaged around Penang.
--Water heater for upstairs bath, and water tank, installed on roof.