A new lease on life for a 1950’s gem

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It takes an expert eye to spot the potential in an older house on an irregular block. 

But one of our favourite stylists was able to provide a spectacular transformation to complement the large scale renovation. Her brief was to give life to the dated 1950’s house, but also preserve its unusual heritage and retain its integrity. This involved reworking the backyard and the rear of the house to capture the north west orientation and activate unused areas of the block.

With a darkened facade to complement the landscape gardens, the front of the house remains largely unchanged.

The meticulously styled interior design planned by our client has ensured that the older and newer components worked together seamlessly. In a final stroke of luck, the previously lifeless magnolias in the front yard began blooming on the project’s completion.

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Beneath a new roof line, which pays homage to the steep incline of the roof to the façade, the orientation of the rear prioritises indoor-outdoor living.

A new contemporary kitchen flows into a series of clever spaces including an outdoor living area, paved entertaining space, and a pool all zoned for sitting and relaxing with family and friends.


Raw Architecture 

Landscape Designer

Sam Gray - Atkinson Pontifex

Interior Designer and Stylist 

Jen Thompson 

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