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After siblings and business partners Georgie and Al Cleary moved into the old community hall that’s now their home in Melbourne, Australia, they spent two years renovating the space with help from architect friends Jen Berean and Quino Holland.    

“We loved the fact that it was rundown as it gave us a chance to make the building our home,” she says.

Al even apprenticed as a builder’s assistant during the construction, working on-site every day. But these two weren’t strangers to the remodeling process. “When we were teenagers living on a rose farm, we bought an old house that was getting demolished and moved it on a truck to our property, ” she says.

  • Words:
    Anna Perling
  • Photography:
    James Geer

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  • Words:
    Anna Perling
  • Photography:
    James Geer
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