We are Josh and Jenna. Two time Block contestants, renovation fanatics and owners of our own design business; Bicker.

I'm an interior designer, educator and founder of Design School. My husband Josh is a plumber, BBQ lover and all round handy man. We have a gorgeous one year old daughter named Freddie and she’s our world.

We have renovated 10 properties and all have been designed with resale in mind. This one is special because this is our forever home and we plan to do things a little differently!

Photography by Amy Oliver

Photography by Amy Oliver

The Story

We purchased our run down workers cottage in North Melbourne six years ago. We fell in love with the street, the location and the quaintness of the cottage amongst its neighbours.

The home was on a narrow site with a south facing yard and no access. The original cottage had a dodgy 1970’s extension and the entire home was dark, damp unloved! 

Shortly after moving in, we started plans to renovate. 

One really important aspect in the overall design was to have a self-contained studio separated from the main dwelling. Josh’s sister Kelli has a learning disability and may eventually move in. We wanted Kelli to have her own space that we can easily access.

Another important aspect to our renovation was the orientation. Our south facing rear courtyard was covered in shade and we wanted the new dwelling to harness the north facing light. 

With our block a mere five metres wide, we have a challenge ahead of us to turn this into our dream home but we believe that good design can overcome most hurdles and we are ready for the challenge!

Read about the concept here

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