It was dilapidated, needed love and had slowly deteriorated to the point that almost none of the doors and windows could be closed properly. But there was something mesmerising about the old weatherboard cottage that drew young couple and serial renovators Nat and Trent Huckerby to buy it, with the dream of renovating it and turning it into a lovely home to start their family.
Still, upon their first night in the cottage, after having left their beautifully renovated Victorian terrace to move into a house with a leaky roof, floorboards of questionable stability (one unfortunate family member actually fell through) and upon having freshly discovered their new home had a window without any actual glass in it, Nat admits she cried – and wondered if her family and friends were right when they said she and Trent were crazy for even considering a house most people would have bulldozed.
Well, Nat and Trent have now certainly since laid rest to the ‘crazy’ rumours. Just look at this incredible house! Following a ten-year labour of love, the Huckerbys have turned this old cottage into a Woodbridge neighbourhood icon and a wonderful, well-loved family home.
After restoring every inch of this house, Nat and Trent recently made the difficult, emotionally charged decision to sell it to take on a new and even bigger challenge - the restoration of a huge, historic 1917-built lodge in the Perth hills. They decided to sell their weatherboard house at auction – where the little house no-one wanted actually achieved a suburb record for Woodbridge!
Nat and Trent had lived in this house for just more than ten years after buying it in October 2005. As a young couple they had renovated their previous place, a Victorian terrace, and were looking for a home to start a family in when Nat spotted the little weatherboard for sale in the paper. She couldn’t get it out of her head.
“It intrigued me for weeks,” she said. “When I finally thought it could be our next project, it had come off the market.