Nestled in the leafy Woollahra, this 1887 residence had undergone a number of changes over the years which had a detrimental impact on the aesthetics and function of the house. Until the early 1980s, it was used as a rectory, but prior to that (from 1921) it had been divided and used as two separate flats.
The many internal changes over the years meant that most of the original building fabric had been altered in some way and the internal character of the house lost.
The house has a grand presence on the street and it was important for the client and Tanner Kibble Denton Architects that this be renewed and enhanced. The brief was to adapt the existing residence for a large family including re-organizing the planning so that all bedrooms were located on the top floor, provision of two new kids’ bathrooms, and a master suite and walk in robe.
The ground level was also extensively re-planned with the rooms facing the busy street given over to more formal functions with the new rear opened up to the north east, embracing open plan casual living and integrating the outdoor spaces into the everyday use of the house.
The newly introduced above ground swimming pool forms a focal point to the garden and the living spaces. The house also includes 3 undercover car spaces cleverly disguised and integrated with a rooftop garden that in turn provides privacy for its occupants.
The combination of contemporary and classic light fittings along with the simple pallet of finishes that was carried throughout the house, successfully ties together the old and the new, whilst celebrating the stature of the existing residence.