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House additions/alterations/renovations
$300,000 - $500,000

Winner (1999)

This 1940’s Colonial-style home in leafy Wahroonga underwent a total reconstruction which involved a complete layout change and the addition of sympathetically designed new structures. Over the past 60 years the house has been subjected to many changes and additions. As none of these embodied the true style of the house, they were removed before the transformation work began. Similarly, the original layout was no longer appropriate for the everyday needs of a modern family so the entire layout was altered. At all times, however, thought was given to retaining the home’s original architectural features. In redesigning the layout, attention was also paid to the orientation

 

of the home so that it could take full advantage of the northerly aspect. The overall result is a home which embodies all the charm and style of its original era, while catering for the needs and desires of the ‘90s family. The picture of tranquillity completed by a large garden and spacious, uncluttered grounds.

Judges Comments
Over the years, this 1940s house had undergone a number of renovations which were unsympathetic to its original design. With this renovation project, the builder has stripped away the inappropriate features, leaving only the front façade. The builder had a great deal of input into the design and has transformed the dwelling into a charming and comfortable home. This well-built house also takes advantage of the aspect and the lovely grounds, all of which was achieved at a very competitive price. Of note is a two-car garage which blends with the house via a covered walkway.