When we joined forces with an existing client to tackle their latest project – revitalising a late Federation house in Sydney – it provided an opportunity to both restore and re-purpose a grand old home which over the years had become dark, depressing and disjointed following unsightly alterations and neglect. Our clients took on the role of custodians of this heritage-listed property with a vision to restore it to its former glory whilst creating a light, contemporary and relaxed interior for the whole family.
Throughout the process from planning to completion, our design team – Meryl Hare, Project Manager Dimity Chitty and Interior Designer Melanie Kightley – alongside Albert Hoggett Architects worked through the complexities of respecting the original while introducing and transitioning the new, within the framework of the design intent. The contrast between old and new was embraced in the detailing of the interiors. Windows, decorative ceilings and details were reinstated. The timber floors in the original part of the house were in bad condition, so new wide oak floorboards were laid throughout – these greatly contributed to the unifying of old and new spaces, as did the joinery and finishes generally. The fireplaces – that had been unsympathetically altered over time – were re-designed. All the bathrooms and kitchen were redesigned in keeping with the overall design language. We adapted the original formal rooms into vibrant and playful family games and media spaces that reflect the personalities of the owners.
Curraweena House was a Finalist for Best Residential Interior in the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards 2015, Shortlisted for both Residential Design and Residential Decoration in the Australian Interior Design Awards 2015, and featured on the cover of Belle Australia in May.
Photography by Jenni Hare