Reserve House

Light-filled extension with garden views

Reserve house, in keeping with many late 19th century houses has the bedrooms and living areas at the front of the home, the kitchen at the rear and the toilet and laundry in an outhouse. With the advent of sewers, toilets and bathrooms were often incorporated into the rear of the house. While improving the quality of life, these additions compromised the flow of the building.

Inner City Workman's Cottage

Extension and restoration with charming period character

Twenty years of renting had taken its toll on this 1860’s timber cottage with its 1980's rear extension. The client was moving back into the house and wanted a new kitchen, walk-in-robe and ensuite.

Grand Victorian Terrace

Backpackers had made their mark on this once stately terrace. The time had come for an update - the dwelling would no longer be a haven for travellers.

Rot had made the floors, ceilings, stairs and balconies unsafe. The staircase was restored to its original character and its decorative timberwork was once more a highlight. Balconies enclosed by unbecoming windows were opened to reveal the gracious original façade. Walls made unsightly by crumbling render were replastered. Floors were repaired where possible or replaced and the collapsing ceilings also replaced.

Ourimbah House

Open plan living with harbour views

Entry to Sam and Rob's post WW1 semi-detached house was through their formal living room. A passage then gave access to two bedrooms and the rear of the house, where the kitchen, dining room and bathroom were situated. Downstairs was a tired bedroom and bathroom, a storeroom and an outside laundry.