Sydney’s eastern suburbs
Sydney offers so many picturesque suburbs to build and renovate houses. In terms of beautiful places, architects such as myself are spoiled for choice!
Areas near the beach, and in the eastern suburbs, are among my favourite places in Sydney.
So I thought I would take a moment to tell you about some of the jobs I have completed over the years in this part of town – in suburbs that include Queens Park, Bellevue Hill, Vaucluse, Bronte and Coogee.
If you are a potential client looking for an architect, please get in touch.
Bellevue Hill house
How beautiful is this property? When they moved in this old and luxurious mansion was stunning, but not right for the clients.
Due to pre-existing architectural oversights, the existing living areas were unsuitably proportioned. The clients felt they were unable to house themselves and their five children satisfactorily.
I came along and, working with interior decorator Karen Gordon, we improved scale and circulation exponentially. Thus, restoring the property to its former glory!
Queens Park house
This property was originally a single story house with an attic. The clients had three children and needed to expand it.
An upper level was created to accommodate three bedrooms and one study for the parents. I created a classic, modernising look, achieved by increasing the traditional overhang of the eaves and setting in the upper level. This provided articulation to the upper level whilst maintaining a traditional-like appearance in the conservation area.
The brief was to make a family home that was as bright as possible. I think I have succeeded here, given the spaces in the property now capture glorious amounts of light.
A two-story gable was created at the front and another at the back. By separating the two, skylights could be implemented facing the north, so the structure receives lots of light.
In this Bronte house, none of the rooms had much natural light and no spaces were enjoyable to be in. The brief was to capture as much north light as possible.
Big bi-fold windows from the dining and sliding doors, on two corners of the outdoor covered eating area, were added. Highlight glazing over the kitchen and living spaces maximised cross ventilation and captured north light throughout the year.
Inefficient space meant that this Coogee unit needed to be transformed to make the most out of the property.
We removed bifolding doors from the living room and sliding doors from the bedroom, extended the living space and added a study. A bar, storage and study area was combined in one piece of joinery.
The clients were a young couple embarking on the journey of starting a family. So, in a nutshell, they needed more space – or simply better use of it.
Walls were opened up, so the kitchen flowed into the dining space more fluidly. Previously there were steps everywhere; these levels were corrected so the entertaining area feels like one space, rather than a collection of sections.