RENO REVIEWS

1970s Apartment Update for a Professional Couple and Their Bulldog

By Steph Pirovano / April 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by Studio Benicio This young professional couple and their adorable bulldog were lucky enough to snag an apartment in a great location (Sydney’s stunning Northern Beaches). The only problem was, after being built in the 1970s, the apartment had barely been updated, leaving it feeling tired and out-dated. The couple came to Studio Benicio…

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Hold the Wrecking Ball! When Demo, Then Reno Is Not the Solution

By Steph Pirovano / April 7, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by Jos Tan Architects Oftentimes, the tiniest of renovations can have the biggest impact. Weighing (measuring?) in at 35 square metres of renovated space and mere metres of additional floor area, Coronet by Jos Tan Architects is undeniably small. The owner of Coronet, a keen cook, wanted an entertainer’s kitchen and dining area big…

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A Tight Site and Heritage Controls; Dealing With All the Constraints

By Steph Pirovano / March 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by Dan Webster Architecture Have you ever noticed a small tree which has burst through layers of concrete only to emerge in the middle of a median strip with several lanes of traffic either side? The tree’s struggle, against all odds, makes for a beautiful, unexpected site. A similar thing happens with our homes.…

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Architects Use Renovation as an Opportunity to Chase the Sun

By Steph Pirovano / March 17, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by Davidov Partners Architects Chase the sun. Not just my favourite song of the early 2000s, but also a rallying call to all home builders and renovators, and exactly what Davidov Partners Architects have done in the reno of this Caufield North Californian Bungalow. Maybe they’re Planet Funk fans too? Derived from a destination…

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THAT House Defies Its Neighbours In Every (Good) Way Possible

By Steph Pirovano / March 9, 2018 / 1 Comment

Designed by Austin Maynard Architects The site of THAT House neighboured by huge houses. Austin Maynard Architects were asked to provide the family with ‘just the right amount of space’… By creating large openings and generous connections to the garden the architects aimed to make this modest-sized home feel abundant and broad. The result is…

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High House Reno Takes Light, Functionality and Space to New Heights

By Steph Pirovano / March 3, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by Dan Gayfer Design Living close to the city certainly has its advantages – good public transport, the buzz of the inner-city and easy access to all the coolest bars and restaurants. The downside – especially in older terrace houses – is the cramped and dark living conditions. High House is in Melbourne’s trendy…

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A Wash of White Unifies Old and New

By Steph Pirovano / February 23, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by Kennedy Nolan Architects Westgarth House Sitting on a corner site in a quiet, leafy street, Westgarth House would not be out-of-place in a sleepy country town. The original timber Edwardian home faces the narrow street frontage while a much wider, north-facing boundary faces a generous grass nature strip. Kennedy Nolan Architects transformed the…

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Narrow Terrace Hides Several Space-defying Surprises

By Steph Pirovano / February 17, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by Pandolfini Architects In spite of the voracious redevelopment that’s happened in Port Melbourne over the last 20 or so years, the original cottages and terraces are stamped with strict heritage and building controls. The design of this Port Melbourne home had to show sensitivity to these rules while aiming to create a family…

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Some Simple Modifications Transform This Unrenovated Family Home

By Steph Pirovano / February 10, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by Winwood Mckenzie Architecture Simple ideas = huge impact. Winwood Mckenzie Architecture transformed this post-war cream brick house into a light-filled and functional family home by maintaining and refreshing the majority of rooms, while making a few key investments… The architects were asked to “transform the unrenovated house into a contemporary light filled residence and reorient the…

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How Can You Fit a Family of Six in 140 Square Metres?

By Steph Pirovano / December 23, 2017 / 0 Comments

Designed by buck&simple As our houses get bigger (they’re already the biggest in the world), and our families get smaller, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to imagine how you could fit a family of six in a three bedroom home. We’ve become accustomed to all that space. But is it really necessary? Buck&simple show us it’s not with this…

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