Detail 9 Architects Pty Ltd
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Home with Heart

Our wonderful clients came to us seeking to renovate and extend their 3 bedroom, 1888 period home in Surrey Hills. The house has a rich history including being used as a school house and also being the family home that one of our clients grew up in, with his parents and brother. This connection to a home is wonderful opportunity, but also comes with a great responsibility to be thoughtful and respectful in any design.

The house had been modified over many years, but some rooms had remained largely untouched. Our clients' brief was to restore the house to its former glory and update it to become a functional, modern home for them to enjoy with their own family in the future.

We worked with our clients to develop a design which restored the front section of the house, also adding a large walk-in-robe and ensuite. The existing dining room was converted into a 4th bedroom and the original hallway was restored. The previous addition to the rear of the house was replaced with a library, family bathroom, powder room, study, laundry and open plan kitchen, dining and family room.

The living area opens onto a new deck via stacking sliding doors, which lets in an abundance of light, something lacking in the existing house. Finally a workshop was constructed in the backyard, as a bit of a homage to our client's dad, an avid renovator and inventor.

During construction an old well was discovered in the backyard, further adding to the history of the property. We worked with the builder to turn the well into a wine cellar, accessed from inside the house. A great result for a situation that could have been a real construction headache and is a fabulous talking point!

Also during construction, our clients welcomed their first child and a new cat to their family, therefore our contract administration services were well and truly needed and appreciated.

We are delighted that the we have been able to deliver a renovation project where our clients can experience both the history and the future in their beautiful family home.
Project Year: 2018
Project Cost: $200,001 AUD - $500,000 AUD
Country: Australia
Postcode: 3127
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Beautifully lit in the sunshine, the restoration of this 1888 gem is stunning! The owners wanted to bring the original section of the house back to its former glory. All that is needed now are some plants in the awaiting garden beds. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Beautifully lit in the sunshine, the restoration of this 1888 gem is stunning! The owners wanted to bring the original section of the house back to its former glory. All that is needed now are some plants in the awaiting garden beds. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Meet Howard, the family cat, who has moved into his new home with confidence! The original floorboards have been restored and the hallway extended connecting the period front of the house to the new contemporary addition. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Restoration of the front of the house has transformed the master into a beautiful and tranquil retreat. Original features retained include the ceiling rose, pendant light and fireplace. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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The front section of the house has been restored, together with the addition of a large WIR and spacious ensuite which includes both a bath and toilet. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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A new addition to the family during construction required a nursery. The existing dining room was transformed into a 4th bedroom, which is beautifully light filled and simply decorated. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Our clients have an eclectic range of furniture, perfect for both the restored and new sections of their home. A love of Beatrix Potter has inspired decorations in the nursery. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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In the new addition the contemporary family bathroom is a great size for the family as it grows. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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In the new addition the contemporary family bathroom is a great size for the family as it grows. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Our clients are book collectors, serious book collectors! A library was a delightful, luxury addition for them and it has been filled already. Under the window we have created a reading nook, a cozy spot on a Sunday afternoon. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Our clients are book collectors, serious book collectors! A library was a delightful, luxury addition for them and it has been filled already. Under the window we have created a reading nook, a cozy spot on a Sunday afternoon. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Our clients are book collectors, serious book collectors! A library was a delightful, luxury addition for them and it has been filled already. Under the window we have created a reading nook, a cozy spot on a Sunday afternoon. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Open plan living is the feature of the new addition and the family are loving their new, spacious kitchen. The kitchen includes a large amount of storage, including a cookbook shelf, a butler's pantry and a large island bench with seating. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Open plan living is the feature of the new addition and the family are loving their new, spacious kitchen. The kitchen includes a large amount of storage, including a cookbook shelf, a butler's pantry and a large island bench with seating. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Open plan living is the feature of the new addition and the family are loving their new, spacious kitchen. The kitchen includes a large amount of storage, including a cookbook shelf, a butler's pantry and a large island bench with seating. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Open plan living is the feature of the new addition and the family are loving their new, spacious kitchen. The kitchen includes a large amount of storage, including a cookbook shelf, a butler's pantry and a large island bench with seating. Finally, the home's original wood stove has been restored and located in the dining area for extra coziness. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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The new addition to this period home is open plan, full of light and accesses both the front verandah and rear entertaining deck. A fabulous space for entertaining family and friends. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Howard is very photogenic and keen to be involved in our photo shoot. The newly added laundry is medium sized, featuring plenty of storage and counter space. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Howard is very photogenic and keen to be involved in our photo shoot. The newly added laundry is medium sized, featuring plenty of storage and counter space. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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The rear addition to this period home is contemporary, showcasing a modern family lifestyle, where living and entertaining outdoors is a focal point. Connectivity between the indoor and outdoor spaces has been created via the full length stacking sliding doors. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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