UNDER CONSTRUCTION: SO MUCH POTENTIAL

We have started the renovation of an old terrace in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, and it will come as no surprise to say that our lovely clients home was probably the worst house on one of the best streets.

Before. We are so happy to say goodbye to the painted red brick façade.

Before. We are so happy to say goodbye to the painted red brick façade.

Not long after moving in our clients began dreaming about how to create their dream family home, so the wheels were set in motion to turn their ugly duckling into a swan and live their happily ever after.

Demolition is always a bit dramatic but we love it when everything gets turned inside out and after months of planning progress is finally being made!

Demolition is always a bit dramatic but we love it when everything gets turned inside out and after months of planning progress is finally being made!

The house had not been maintained in a very long time so before we could even think about beautifying it, we had to go far beneath the surface and deal with underlying damp issues, poor sound and weather insulation, falling down external retaining walls . . . this was definitely not an ideal place to raise two young children! 

It’s time to resolve all the footings to make sure we build the new home on solid ground.

It’s time to resolve all the footings to make sure we build the new home on solid ground.

Our clients were ready to give their terrace some major TLC inside and out to bring their dream home to life and make it the best house on the street. 

Slowly and carefully the shell of the house is revealed.

Slowly and carefully the shell of the house is revealed.

Today, the only things remaining at the back part of the house is the shell of the original structure and a whole heap of potential.

Steel pillars have been erected to hold up the rest of the house.

Steel pillars have been erected to hold up the rest of the house.

And sometimes beneath all the rubble and dust, and after peeling away layers and layers of history, we find a surprising story wanting to be told.

A very special moment where the house reveals its hidden secrets including this very bright and original hand painted floral wallpaper in a bedroom!

A very special moment where the house reveals its hidden secrets including this very bright and original hand painted floral wallpaper in a bedroom!

Follow our #JerseyRoad project on instagram to find out if our clients get their happily ever after.

All photos ©Alexandra Kidd Design

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: WHAT LIES BENEATH

Our clients were so excited to start their renovation as soon as they were handed the keys to their new house that we hit the ground running with this project!

We started work on our concept design at the same time as the demolition of the kitchen, bathrooms and old integrated joinery began – so there was no turning back! 

No turning back . . .

No turning back . . .

With the added advantage of the builder already being on site, we were thrilled to do some investigation work of this glorious old Victorian terrace, situated in one of Sydney’s affluent inner-city suburbs known for it’s rich history and grand old mansions and architectural monuments built in the 1800s and early 1900s.

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   We loved the idea of reinstating original features such as the beautiful ornate wall paneling and cornices that were loved in the Victorian era.

We loved the idea of reinstating original features such as the beautiful ornate wall paneling and cornices that were loved in the Victorian era.

The house revealed many surprises – some good, such as the hidden original internal sandstone walls, and some not so good, as we discovered the original fireplaces having been removed and their chimneys closed in.

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   A good surprise! The kitchen plasterboard had been hiding the original sandstone walls that we will restore to their original glory.

A good surprise! The kitchen plasterboard had been hiding the original sandstone walls that we will restore to their original glory.

Our brief was to modernise and increase the functionality of this gorgeous Victorian family home whilst restoring its charming character. 

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   Our clients and their two small children won’t be moving in to their new home just yet with construction well underway . . .

Our clients and their two small children won’t be moving in to their new home just yet with construction well underway . . .

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     We will turn this tiny space into a beautiful kids bathroom

We will turn this tiny space into a beautiful kids bathroom

We can’t wait to give this old house some much-needed TLC. Follow @alexandrakidd on Instagram to see our #VictoriaStreet project come back to life.

 

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design