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INGO Hansen sat there, on
his recently renovated back
veranda, basking in his own
self-satisfaction, of transforming a
tired, old 1970s Cockatoo Valley
home into a modern family abode.
Sipping happily on his glass of
a Barossa red, mandatory of
course when discussing the trials
and tribulations of undergoing
such a huge renovation, he lists
all of his accomplishments.
In total, Ingo and his wife Susan
upgraded their kitchen, two
bathrooms and the outdoor
entertainment area, as well as
adding a self-contained living
quarter, installing a garage and
fencing the entire Cockatoo
These renovations, which took
four years to complete, were
accompanied by present-day
furnishings and landscaping to
create what Ingo calls "a pleasant
and comfortable place to live".
"We moved in January 2009 and
I bought it as something I could
afford to turn into something that
I wanted," he said.
"Now it has all of the mod cons
"On a scale of one to 10, the
transformation is a 20. "
This well-built house was erected
in 1974 but had not been
When Ingo and Susan moved
in, there were cracks in the tiles,
water stains on the ceiling and
the kitchen was dowdy, along
with featuring a bathroom that
was stuck in the 1970s.
"It must have been top of the line
for that era, given that it had an
entry foyer and a large lounge
room, which wasn't common
back then, " Ingo said.
"On inspection, you find out that all
the framing is Oregon which they
don't use any more because it is a
grade of timber you can't get.
"It was a well-built house
for its era that needed some
Ingo's building background,
not to mention a worn-out hip
pocket, was his greatest asset in
"I designed and directed
everything, " he said.
"I'm not physically capable of doing
the whole lot but I did what I could
and I called in favours for a lot of
stuff (to keep the costs down)."
The house's interior has been
opened up entirely, complete with
the ideal entertainers' kitchen.
"I feel like I have opened up the
kitchen to make it what we like,"
"We've had 24 people in here to
eat and that room serves
that purpose beautifully.
"You can also get six people
in this kitchen doing food
prep without getting in
each other's way and you
can stick stuff up on the
counter as you get through
it, making it easier to cook
for a lot of people."
As expected, Ingo said
the kitchen and bathroom
components of the project were
the most costly.
"My wife said to me 'the only
way you are going to move me in
here is if you do the bathrooms
straight away' , " he said.
It had an old blue bathtub with
chips in it, an old-style vanity
cabinet that ran over the bath
and the shower cubicle had an
orange circle glass three-part
sliding shower screen.
"I designed this one so that when
you step out onto the bathmat
you can reach your towel and
you are directly under the heat
lamps so that you don't get cold
while drying yourself.
"It is just little things but it makes
life more comfortable."
This Balmoral Road property has
been completely transformed
into a functional, large and
contemporary family home and a
much-loved one at that.
ABOVE: Ingo Hansen enjoys
spending time on the back deck,
where he can relax and survey
the surrounding hills. INSET:
The spacious backyard provides
room for the dogs to run around,
and picturesque views in any
INSET BELOW: Extra space was
created in the kitchen and dining
area through the removal of part
of the dividing wall.
RIGHT: A well-stocked bar opens out into
the couple's living area.
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