What House

Where Lewisham

Design Brief Renovate a beautiful but tired Queen Anne into a comfortable and luxurious family home. The Progressive Plans team worked closely with Anthony and Thoa to create a unique and treasured space in which they will live for years to come. An additional bump out on the first floor allowed for a large parents retreats overlooking the rear garden. The kitchen doubled in size and a full house renovation with custom detailing throughout brings this home to life.

Marrying contemporary living requirements with a period residence is a delicate dance that constantly challenges architects and designers. None more so than this elegant Queen Anne Federation house in Sydney’s inner west that couple Anthony and Thoa bought in 2019. Built in 1912 for the mayor of the locality, the handsome house in classic brick with decorative timber fretwork commands the 570-square-metre block. Drawn to the beautiful features – wooden floors, soaring pressed-metal ceilings, leadlight windows and fireplaces – as well as its leafy setting, Anthony and Thoa sought the expertise of Leon Varley, director of Progressive Plans Building Design, to renovate and enhance the property. The generous proportions of the two-storey, four-bedroom house afforded the opportunity to create a luxurious home for the couple and their two young sons, with open-plan living areas seamlessly connecting indoors and out.

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