The home includes great period features such as the high, moulded plaster ceilings and polished floors. Picture: supplied.They’ve also achieved a careful balance that honours the home’s history while bringing it into the modern day.“I wanted to maintain some of the classic features. It’s got high decorative plaster ceilings with picture rails, which I really wanted to keep, and of course the polished wooden flooring.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago The modern renovation compliments the classic home. Photo: supplied.Helen Kelly and her husband appear to have a home that defies the laws of physics by feeling larger on the inside that it seems from the outside.Kelly said when she bought 25 Burrell St Clayfield 16 years ago, she knew it would be a comfortable, low maintenance alternative to an apartment.“I didn’t really want a unit, I was after a smaller freehold block which offered me my own space rather than having adjacent neighbours.”From the outside, the property provides beautiful 1940s home with a classic render and panel facade on a 341 square metre allotment.The two-bedroom, two-bathroom description may even prompt some buyers to think ‘cosy’ or ‘snug’. However, step inside and you’ll appreciate how the couple have successfully created a truly spacious living area. The open flow between the indoors and outdoors enhances the feel of space in this two-bedroom home. Picture: supplied.Kelly said the key to making the space comfortable has been adopting an open plan which brings the outdoors in.“I removed the wall from the lounge to the back deck and installed bi-fold doors and basically opened it up more,” says Kelly. “The deck faces in a north-easterly direction and is really quiet private.”Kelly says the house is set well back from its boundaries, too.“It’s a very deceiving block because you’ve got a reasonable distance from your neighbours either side, particularly the back deck where there’s high surrounding greenery so you’re not looking into someone else’s back yard,” says Kelly.“Yes it’s a small block and it was easy when I bought it as a single person to maintain, but then you still get your own spaces within the house.”Kelly said, when it’s time to leave, she’ll miss the location with its easy access to all the great cafes and restaurants of Clayfield, as well as the accessible transport options nearby.“We love the lifestyle it offers us,” says Kelly. “It really has provided us with a sanctuary. Its openness, the fact that it’s light and airy– it allows us to relax and re-energise.”There’s a chance for new owners to add to the home’s story, too.“It could suit someone who wants to add their own touch or even possibly raise the house, which could suit an expanding family.”25 Burrell St Ascot will be auctioned on-site tomorrow (Saturday) at 2:00pm by Ray White Ascot.