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The Outlook of this 1940s Home Just Got a Lot Brighter…

By Rebeka Morgan / October 30, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by Baker Drofenik Architects One of the greatest improvements you can make to a house is to introduce more natural light. Light makes a home feel larger, more welcoming and fills those who live in it with life and energy. In the search for more space filled with natural light, Baker Drofenik Architects created a new living…

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A Modern Take on the Traditional Fibro Beach Shack

By Rebeka Morgan / October 2, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by Bourne Blue Architecture “Blueys Beach is a popular holiday destination, on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. The original houses in this coastal village are simple fibro or weatherboard structures. They are weather-beaten and basic, yet they generally offer a relaxing beach holiday experience. Unfortunately, when properties change hands, original buildings are often…

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A Renovation Which Resulted in Less, Not More. But Who’s Complaining?

By Rebeka Morgan / September 5, 2018 / 0 Comments

Set in an existing 1950s bungalow in Castlecrag this is an addition with a grand total of zero extra square metres. Castlecrag is a suburb originally designed by the infamous architect/husband and wife team Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin to blend into the environment; a suburb set in bushland. In contrast, “developer-driven suburban sprawl throughout…

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Hawthorn House Embraces the Challenge of Renovating a Terrace

By Rebeka Morgan / August 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by Chan Architecture Renovating and extending a typical Victorian terrace always poses a unique set of challenges. The blocks are often long and narrow, with a symmetrical arrangement of period-style bedrooms at the front of the house divided by a central corridor, leading out to a small lean-to structure that was typically constructed in the…

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Could You Live at Home While Your Extension is Being Built?

By Rebeka Morgan / July 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by Modscape A gaping hole in the wall. Builders constantly banging away. All. Of. The. Dust. Deciding to live at home while your renovation is being built is a living nightmare. And borderline insane. It can also cost you. Builders prefer to have full access and control over the site, so they’ll often add a…

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Stuck on Whether to Renovate or Demolish and Start Over?

By BuildHer Collective / May 4, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by TONIC Design How do you decide whether to renovate or demolish and start again? In need of a new master bedroom suite, better living spaces with a connection to the outdoors and separate children’s spaces, the owners of Garden View House in Moorooka, Brisbane faced this problem. But, with the help of TONIC…

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A Small Addition Creates a Home Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

By BuildHer Collective / April 29, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by MRTN Architects Light and dark, east and west, new and old, Dark Light House’s new living pavilion contrasts without simply doing the opposite. When a humble, but beloved beach-house becomes a full-time family home, it becomes necessary for a little more living space. MRTN Architects’modest addition transforms and reorients the home, respecting the…

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A New Rear Living Area Creates a Better Connection to the Outdoors

By BuildHer Collective / April 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

Designed by McManus Lew Architects We love to get out and enjoy the backyard, but too often our homes are disconnected from our outdoor spaces. Saturn II shows you what you can do… Creating a great connection from living spaces to the backyard can offer you a whole other room of outdoor space. Even a…

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1970s Apartment Update for a Professional Couple and Their Bulldog

By BuildHer Collective / 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 BuildHer Collective / 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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