A Glass Act

Eleven years ago, as a young married couple, the owners of this now stunning and charming renovated Californian bungalow in the highly sought trendy inner suburb of Newcastle, took the plunge into the housing market.

After spending six years in the two-bedroom and sunroom cottage, the owner’s decided they needed more living space. When they started planning the design they discovered that the neighbourhood had a preservation order on properties so as to retain the era of these period timber cottages.

“The close proximity and convenience to be able to walk to the restaurants, boutiques and cafes and be close enough to the beach suited us so well,” they said.

Their dream was to have a light filled rear extension as with older style homes the rooms are very dark and boxy.

The brief was to create an upstairs space that blended in with the character and feel of the period home providing a master suite, ensuite and study.

An unexpected special space for the children to play upstairs came as a bonus.

It was important that the extension did not feel simply ‘tacked on’ and retaining the facade of the home was also paramount…

Story Marilyn Collins.