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We initially were commissioned by the previous owners, who then decided to sell rather than build. They

recommended us to the new owners, who wanted something much more substantial for themselves and their

extended family.

The property, a small cottage, has an unusual layout in that the block is triangular in shape, with the pointy

end addressing the junction of 2 streets. Unusually one entire street front was right on the boundary,

providing a challenge to optimise light, while maintaining privacy. We kept the lower level sandstone garage,

gutting and extending the existing cottage, and added another floor. Our mission was to address the two

street frontages, articulating the forms in a cubic manner. We administered the building contract, working

closely with David Mecklar, who were very co operative and collegiate, and they ably delivered the project in

good time with great results as attested by the clients (see review below)

The owners run a successful baking business, and love to entertain at home, catering for up to 50 guests, so

the public living spaces and kitchen were a priority. In designing the kitchen, such is the wife’s love of cooking,

every single kitchen appliance, plate, platter and utensil was measured, with the resulting kitchen designed to

accommodate each and every piece.

We also developed the interiors, particularly the public spaces, with the very distinct brief for a black and

white colour pallette. We selected most of the furnishings and lighting and worked closely with Spiro Delli of

Delli’s furniture, in custom designing an extendable table that seats from 8 to

24 people, no mean feat.

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