LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM

A beautiful house in Bellevue Hill has nurtured a growing a family of five, and their beloved dog, for more than 12 years. Now that the children are all grown, the home deserves a second youth.

Our clients love travelling and ever since they first laid eyes on the luxurious homes dotted along America’s East Coast their life-long love affair had begun. They envied the open-plan living spaces and generously scaled rooms with their relaxed elegance, as well as the timeless features and classic finishes.

We are now half-way through this major inside-and-out renovation, and to think it all started with the two columns in the kitchen . . .

  After living with them for 15 years, our clients couldn’t stand the pair of columns any longer. Finally, it’s time to say good bye, open up the kitchen space and improve the flow.

After living with them for 15 years, our clients couldn’t stand the pair of columns any longer. Finally, it’s time to say good bye, open up the kitchen space and improve the flow.

  We are creating larger and grander openings.

We are creating larger and grander openings.

  Revealing the ‘guts’ of the home and all its secrets reminds me of open-heart surgery – we can clearly identify, repair and improve the heart and circulation of the home and put it back in better shape than ever before.

Revealing the ‘guts’ of the home and all its secrets reminds me of open-heart surgery – we can clearly identify, repair and improve the heart and circulation of the home and put it back in better shape than ever before.

  The old games room is being transformed in to a perfectly cosy yet high-end home theatre including giant sofa bed and luxurious bar.

The old games room is being transformed in to a perfectly cosy yet high-end home theatre including giant sofa bed and luxurious bar.

  The den is getting a new, large dormer window to increase the space and intake of natural light. From the new window, our clients will be able to enjoy glimpses of the nearby ocean.

The den is getting a new, large dormer window to increase the space and intake of natural light. From the new window, our clients will be able to enjoy glimpses of the nearby ocean.

  We are giving our final seal of approval of the colour and finish samples prior to manufacture of the extensive joinery.

We are giving our final seal of approval of the colour and finish samples prior to manufacture of the extensive joinery.

  Bigger is better at our Bellevue Hill house! We are building a generous new terrace that will link the family/kitchen room to the formal dining, creating the ideal outdoor space to enjoy alfresco dinner with a view. A majestic new staircase will lead to the most elegant covered terrace underneath, perfectly protected to enjoy afternoon tea rain, hail or shine!

Bigger is better at our Bellevue Hill house! We are building a generous new terrace that will link the family/kitchen room to the formal dining, creating the ideal outdoor space to enjoy alfresco dinner with a view. A majestic new staircase will lead to the most elegant covered terrace underneath, perfectly protected to enjoy afternoon tea rain, hail or shine!

  We are saying goodbye to the old bi-fold timber doors and are almost ready to welcome our new steel doors with their small profile and very elegant transom details.

We are saying goodbye to the old bi-fold timber doors and are almost ready to welcome our new steel doors with their small profile and very elegant transom details.

  We are updating the outdated creamy yellow paint colour with a modern black and white exterior scheme.

We are updating the outdated creamy yellow paint colour with a modern black and white exterior scheme.

  And last but not least, we are creating a true ever-lasting first good impression by remaking the main front entry stairs larger and curvier – a grand entry befitting a grand new house.

And last but not least, we are creating a true ever-lasting first good impression by remaking the main front entry stairs larger and curvier – a grand entry befitting a grand new house.

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