UNDER CONSTRUCTION: BEHIND THE BLUE DOOR

Who can resist the charm of a century-old Sydney terrace house? What lies beneath however, is often unfortunate discoveries and renovation challenges. Over the years, our clients have experienced some of these unfortunate circumstances often found in original homes: rising damp, dangerous mould issues, poor sound insulation, with part of the house dark and freezing and the other part flooded in light and extreme heat!

Today, we are full steam ahead, giving this old terrace its next life which includes a solid and healthy foundation for a beautiful family home.

We have made a promise to deliver a beautiful, fully-renovated home for Christmas, so here goes!

  Come inside and find out what’s behind the blue door…

Come inside and find out what’s behind the blue door…

  Underneath the old timber floor, the foundation was rotting and in extremely poor condition.

Underneath the old timber floor, the foundation was rotting and in extremely poor condition.

  We decided to start again and make sure the house begins its new life on solid ground.

We decided to start again and make sure the house begins its new life on solid ground.

  Part of the renovation is to double the kitchen floor area and extend the house. An oversized skylight will bring an abundance of natural light allowing us to light the front of the house.

Part of the renovation is to double the kitchen floor area and extend the house. An oversized skylight will bring an abundance of natural light allowing us to light the front of the house.

  Today, part of the house is suspended above the ground with a forest of steel pillars.

Today, part of the house is suspended above the ground with a forest of steel pillars.

  Upstairs, we discovered with surprise that the insulation in the ceiling was never installed properly and was still rolled up!

Upstairs, we discovered with surprise that the insulation in the ceiling was never installed properly and was still rolled up!

  To optimize and increase the scale of this bedroom, we have decided to reveal the original ceiling and create a vaulted ceiling.

To optimize and increase the scale of this bedroom, we have decided to reveal the original ceiling and create a vaulted ceiling.

  We love to mix it up and play with the original features of an old home . . . This original fire place will become a luxurious and unexpected detail in our client's ensuite.

We love to mix it up and play with the original features of an old home . . . This original fire place will become a luxurious and unexpected detail in our client's ensuite.

Follow our #MoncurSt project on Instagram to find out whether our clients move into their dream home in time for Christmas!

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A NEW LIFE FOR THE PAEDIATRIC CLINIC

A couple of years after the paint had dried at The Mater Hospital Special Care Nursery, it was with great pleasure that we could return to the wonderfully rewarding world of healthcare for little ones.

Nested within Sydney’s North Shore Private Hospital, The Paediatric Clinic was just like it’s patients – very small and in need of a little help. After providing care to so many for so long, it was time for the clinic to receive some much-needed TLC of its own.  

With a very short construction programme of just four weeks, we completely transformed The Paediatric Clinic into a modern, peaceful and nurturing space.

  The reception desk was relocated to face the entry, providing a practical and friendly welcoming space for patients.

The reception desk was relocated to face the entry, providing a practical and friendly welcoming space for patients.

  We created a tailored workspace featuring a light timber floor throughout combined with a muted colour palette.

We created a tailored workspace featuring a light timber floor throughout combined with a muted colour palette.

  The waiting room is now a comfortable, playful and storytelling environment.

The waiting room is now a comfortable, playful and storytelling environment.

  We created a custom ‘bear and branch’ library to house plenty of books and toys to keep the little ones occupied.

We created a custom ‘bear and branch’ library to house plenty of books and toys to keep the little ones occupied.

  The medical suites are now bright and light with clean lines and a homely look and feel.

The medical suites are now bright and light with clean lines and a homely look and feel.

  Now that the clinic is back up and running we’ve been told that the challenge is to get the little patients to leave the playful and calm practice!

Now that the clinic is back up and running we’ve been told that the challenge is to get the little patients to leave the playful and calm practice!

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AKD LOVES A WINTER WEEKENDER

If, like us, you are feeling the winter chill that seems to just be setting in but aren't able to escape to the European summer, there is hope much closer to home (no passports needed).

Why not take the stress out of planning an international romp with those long haul flights, potential delays and subsequent missed connections, inevitable jet lag, juggling logistics, typical technological failures and an out of control inbox upon returning to the office (!) by embracing a winter weekender instead? 

Now is the perfect time to book a mini-break and indulge in some much-needed mid-year R&R, whilst also warming up from the inside out with good food, fine wine, an open fire, spa treatments, a heated hot tub or an eviable view.

What's not to love? 

Freycinet Lodge, Freycinet TAS

 The nine pavilions at  Freycinet Lodge  have been inspired by the incredible natural landscape of the Apple Isle. A two and a half hour drive from Hobart, this getaway is a perfect escape for city folk wanting an ultimate winter wilderness weekender. 

The nine pavilions at Freycinet Lodge have been inspired by the incredible natural landscape of the Apple Isle. A two and a half hour drive from Hobart, this getaway is a perfect escape for city folk wanting an ultimate winter wilderness weekender. 

The Collectionist Hotel, Camperdown NSW

  The Collectionist Hotel  is one of Sydney's newest collaborations between four design firms who have come together to create a unique and eclectic space, where no two rooms are the same. We respond so passionately to interiors that create warmth through layers of texture, colour, personality, artwork and accessories so this hotel is defeinitely pulling at our heartstrings. Located in Sydney's inner west makes The Collectionist an ideal choice for a staycation where you can still feel a million miles away . . . 

The Collectionist Hotel is one of Sydney's newest collaborations between four design firms who have come together to create a unique and eclectic space, where no two rooms are the same. We respond so passionately to interiors that create warmth through layers of texture, colour, personality, artwork and accessories so this hotel is defeinitely pulling at our heartstrings. Located in Sydney's inner west makes The Collectionist an ideal choice for a staycation where you can still feel a million miles away . . . 

Empire Retreat, Yallingup WA

 We love the idea of packing our bags and heading way out west for a Winter embrace. With its sparkling coastline, earthy red dirt and seemingly endless stretch of vineyards throughout the Margaret River,  The Empire Retreat  is the perfect combination of good food, fine wine and an in-house spa at your very fingertips! We're on our way!

We love the idea of packing our bags and heading way out west for a Winter embrace. With its sparkling coastline, earthy red dirt and seemingly endless stretch of vineyards throughout the Margaret River, The Empire Retreat is the perfect combination of good food, fine wine and an in-house spa at your very fingertips! We're on our way!

THE Hydro Majestic, Blue Mountains NSW

  The Hydro Majestic  is a grand old dame in the Blue Mountains that underwent a significant refurbishment in 2014, restoring much of its original glory. It is an ideal location to embrace the winter season, perched high on the cliff face overlooking some of NSW's most incredible views. All from the comfort of a cosy spot by the fire of course!

The Hydro Majestic is a grand old dame in the Blue Mountains that underwent a significant refurbishment in 2014, restoring much of its original glory. It is an ideal location to embrace the winter season, perched high on the cliff face overlooking some of NSW's most incredible views. All from the comfort of a cosy spot by the fire of course!

The Woods at Pokolbin, Hunter Valley NSW

 Situated in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region, an exclusive couples sanctuary exists as an oasis, offering a break from city life.  The Woods at Pokolbin  is a true winter haven with every design detail carefully considered to ensure its guests can really unwind and indulge. Sounds heavenly . . . 

Situated in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine region, an exclusive couples sanctuary exists as an oasis, offering a break from city life. The Woods at Pokolbin is a true winter haven with every design detail carefully considered to ensure its guests can really unwind and indulge. Sounds heavenly . . . 

QT Hotel and Spa, Sydney NSW

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The QT Hotel in Sydney's CBD could be your next luxurious city winter jaunt with its plush fabrics, rich leathers, soft cushions and custom furniture to sink into. With a day spa in the building as well as a decadent bath tub in your room, there is no excuse to suffer from cold toes any longer! 

Image 1 via Frecyinet Lodge / Image 2 via The Design Files / Image 3 via Empire Retreat / Image 4 via The Hydro Majestic / Image 5 via The Woods at Pokolbin / Image 6 via QT Hotels