Alterations and Subtractions.
A huge, sprawling pile on a gorgeous acreage in Sydney's northern outskirts was badly in need of a drastic renovation. Originally designed by an Eastern European Psychiatrist, it was all wrong. Enourmous, ponderous, awkwardly planned, and so very very wrong.
The owners knew me well as I'd done a house for them on the waterfront in Hunters Hill some 15 years prior. A call was put in for me to come and look over the 26,000 square metre property with them to assist them in the decision; to buy or not to buy. What could be done with this monstrosity of a house?
The existing house had bags of potential, but in it's original state, it was unecessarily large and undeniably awful. Despite this, I urged them to go for it. The old chestnut, "good bones" didn't apply. However, the surrounding lands, large pond, fabulous trees and outlook, perfect orientation with views to the north, plenty of space for stables and out buildings, it had bags of potential.
By taking a bite out of the house here and there, adding an almost full wrap around verandah along the entire Northern facade, new covered entry porch, re- designing the roof and a total re-organization of space and flow, my clients and we managed to creat a magnificent dwelling that sits quietly and majestically in its surrounding gardens. The landscaping designed by Michael Cooke Garden Design raises the garden setting to the level of fine art and is breathtakingly beautiful.
This project is a testament to what can be achieved with gentle and imaginative Grade A+ clients, a healthy budget, a fantastic team of tradesmen, artisans, and thoroughly engaged designers who were trusted, and given free reign.
This was without a doubt, one of my all time favourite projects and I am hugely grateful to have been involved. I love this house.
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