A Room With A View
Much of what was fashionable in the ‘80s has made a comeback but while some things may have stood the test of time – this renovation in Mosman was not one of them. Architect Michelle Walker says, “The four-storey house was 30 years old and it was tired internally and externally. Finishes were very similar in colour – mostly bland beige.
“It was very contemporary, with some slightly awkward planning issues for the new owners - a family of four with two teenage kids. But the views to Chinaman's Beach are fabulous.”
The brief was to rejuvenate the home, primarily cosmetically, and to fix some issues like
improving the connection between outdoor spaces such as the existing courtyard and upper roof terrace with fabulous views. They also installed a new lift to connect the three levels of the home, added new timber front doors with feature door knob (handmade by a timber worker in Brookvale), and created an entry canopy from steel, timber and glass.
The Balgowlah architect adds that one of the big successes is the external colour scheme. “It’s bold, adventurous and emphasises the architecture of the home,” Michelle tells North Shore Living. “I think it’s a stunning combination of colours, which complements the materials palate of colour rendered walls, sandstone, natural expressed timbers in spotted gum, cedar front doors and natural spotted gum circular disk door handle, expressed steel with a micaceous oxide granite finish.”
ARCHITECT Michelle Walker Architects (mwarchitects.net.au)
BUILDER Jetcharm Construction (jetcharm.com.au)
PHOTOGRAPHY Tania Niwa (tanianiwa.com.au)
"Soft landscaping of rich purple foliage and greens accentuates the new external colour scheme.
"The clients love green, and this was the inspiration behind the external colours."
"Murobond paints, inspired by the client's love of green emphasise the structure and articulation of the home and gave it a bold new look."
"A family favourite is the daughter's ensuite, tiled with feature mother of pearl penny round tiles."
"A new external staircase in timber and steel was added between the courtyard and roof terrace, to improve connectivity of the two primary outdoor spaces."
“Again and again, I am surprised how much new paintwork can transform a home from drab to fabulous. New colour applied strategically throughout a home can bring about amazing changes, providing the most ‘bang for your renovation dollar’.”
"The colour scheme enhances a materials palate of sandstone, natural timbers in spotted gum and cedar and expressed steel with a micaceous oxide granite finish.”