Renovations and Refurbs

With land values soaring sky high, and with it relocation costs - the option of renovating becomes far more feasible. We work in conservation areas and on projects both large and small – here is a sample of our recent work.

Laureston House – Heritage additions

Originally built circa 1880 this State Heritage listed home cleanly identifies its architectural evolution with its latest contemporary addition complimenting the original Georgian cottage and Federation era extension. Designed to connect to its generous gardens the bold roof geometry responds cleverly to its orientation and provides the perfect stage for outdoor entertaining with an honest palette of steel, glass and recycled brickwork. Winner of the BDAA Award for Heritage / Adaptive re-use projects 2022.

Yin & Yang - Mosman

Part of a major refurbishment including interior remodelling, this project exemplifies the potential relationships between landscape and architecture. A steep site with sweeping views this home has been brought to life with a new butterfly roof and sweeping terraces, beautifully underpinned by a landscape that plays to its architectural forms and helps cascade the structure down the site and seemingly onward to the harbour. A truly stunning marriage of home and garden.

Mini-mod - Roseville

Embracing the Scandinavian concept of "lagom" (not too much, not too little) this modest little reno responds brilliantly to the client brief of balancing function, sustainability and comfort – and on a tight budget. With a modest addition of only 24m2, the new floor plan provides much needed sitting and dining areas, at the same time as maximising garden space for a growing family. Natural light and ventilation is increased with the use of a skillion roof, and the clever use of v-joint cladding inside and out revitalizes the living areas. All with a slight nod to mid century and Scandinavian design, so loved by its owners.

Pavilion living - Artarmon

This is what modern living is all about. A compact bungalow in the burbs within a heritage conservation area had to expand for a young growing family. Originally disconnected from the back yard by its elevated position we created a new modern glazed pavilion (facing north) at ground level access via a small flight of stairs. Using steel, face brick and glass as the primary media, this pavilion opens up completely to the outside space via large stack-slide corner doors: "The doors are never closed - we just love the connection with the outdoor space" says Ryan.
We love this one too! Says James.

Transformed - Lane Cove

This humble little bungalow really needed some TLC - somewhere in amongst the brick, render and tile was a Californian bungalow which had been renovated ad-hoc over the last few decades. Entrusted with its care we completely refurbished the building inside and out, pulling it into the 21st Century, with just a hint of the past to reflect upon. Amazing what a little imagination can do to transform the ordinary - here a few images to browse.

Appian Way - Burwood

This project included alterations and additions to an existing heritage listed home in the renowned Appian Way in Sydney's inner west. A sensitive hand was required to seamlessly and respectively incorporate the contemporary additions into this fine example of Queen Anne style architecture from the Federation period and included new family room. kitchen, outdoor entertaining area, swimming pool and guesthouse along with a complete renovation of the existing traditional detailing.

Sanctuary Reborn - Dural

Once a dream come true for the owners of this private sanctuary in Sydney's north-western fringe, the original 'project home' has undergone a complete rebirth and has been revitalized with contemporary new additions and a complete new fit out. Situated in dense bushland, the design responds to its setting with a bold industrial aesthetic of exposed steel and metal cladding, whilst echoing its rural locale and extreme bushfire risk.

Remodelling and Home Design
Renovation and Home Design
Renovation and Home Design
Renovation and Home Design
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