Hobart's most derelict house transformed into a lavish holiday home

Amira Vaastra and husband Tim lovingly restored one of Tasmania's most run-down properties.

This property was once known as Hobart’s most derelict house, and spent over two decades covered in graffiti and being used by squatters.

That was until it came onto the market in 2013 and caught the eye of former interior designer Amira Vaastra and her husband Tim, who took on the huge renovation project.

"When we initially saw the home advertised in the local paper, it was in such a dilapidated state," Amira told Lifestyle. "However I could see the potential of how beautiful the space could become.

"Especially as it was located in the heart of the city with a perfect north facing aspect.

"We took on the home as an owner-builder project to cut down on costs. This meant that we did a lot of the building ourselves - including the excavation of the backyard, which took two weeks of nine-hour days!"

Those nine hour days, combined with Tim's full-time job and raising their two children, weren't easy for the couple, but the overwhelming workload paid off eventually.

"What is most rewarding about revitalising a run-down home is the rich history that you discover and bring back to life along the way," Amira said.

Following the restoration, the couple decided to list the home on Stayz, giving travellers the chance to enjoy and experience Hobart’s history while staying in chic surroundings.

It's located in the heart of Hobart, a short stroll to the Constitution Dock, the MONA Ferry, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery and Salamanca Market.

Preserving the original features of the two-bedroom home was a big priority throughout the project.

The discovery of a 200-year-old sandstone wall during the excavation of the backyard was a "momentous moment" of the renovation.

Being a heritage home, stunning, historic elements like the chimneys had to be kept intact and the overall structure of the house remained the same.

"We dug deeper and removed the concrete on the chimney to expose the brick, as rustic, nostalgia elements were a feel we wanted throughout the home," Amira added.

"The aim was to keep the interiors simple, with classic homely elements, such as rugs and blankets.

"When it came to choosing the home’s finishes, we focused on a minimalist interior, with Nordic and earthy inspired features.

"We brought the warmth through the textures of the exposed convict bricks and wood materials."

So what advice would Amira give people taking on a similar restoration project?

Plan, plan, plan.

"Have a clear idea of what you want changed, what you can’t change and what classic elements you want to keep," she said.

"Have a budget, try your best to stick to it and, if need be, take on some of the building tasks yourself - it’s very rewarding!"

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