Already living nearby and fans of the peaceful harbourside locality, Hugh, a barrister, Susie, a school counsellor, and their children Darcy and Olivia were drawn to this lovely home on Sydney’s lower north shore. “We loved the quirky feel of it and its ‘Hacienda’ look,” says Susie of the Spanish mission-style four-bedroom abode.
When the home was purchased, an existing tenancy arrangement was already in place, so it took a little while before the new owners were able to start renovating.
The original property was a bit boxy,” says Susie, who enlisted the help of Castlepeake Architects to make her family’s dream a reality. “We wanted more natural light, a better flow, and a chance to use the balcony and enjoy the views.”
With two teenage children in the home, Susie and Hugh also wanted a living area that created spaces that were separate, but not apart. The solution was to remove internal walls to create an open space that now accommodates the new kitchen, dining area and two living areas.
The renovation also included higher ceilings, an extension of the balcony, a laundry overhaul and new bathrooms. “It was a lot of work, but the building team were here intensely and often worked on weekends, so it happened so quickly,” says Susie of the experience.
“We wanted to use sandstone in keeping with the local area to maximise natural light.” ~ Susie
“The tiles create a lovely link and flow between inside and out. They are a gorgeous geometric feature.” ~ Susie
“We love how the colours and patterns in the bedroom tie in with the rest of the house.” ~ Susie
“The home’s basic bones were good, but the changes have made a huge difference to the way it feels.” ~ Susie
“The house flows in a way that makes it very easy to live in. We feel so lucky to be here.” ~ Susie
As an Interior Stylist, Writer and Co-founder of Sydney-based interiors studio, Heliconia, Sally’s workday is fuelled by caffeine and a fascination with how the space we’re in can enrich our lives. In her downtime, you’ll find her luxuriating in long lunches and lazy afternoons with friends and family, preferably seaside.
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