Let There Be Light

Australian House & Garden Magazine|January 2020

Let There Be Light
In sydney’s east, renovating from the inside out gave this 1980s home a fresh new face and a sunnier disposition.
Chris Pearson

When renovating this four-bedroom house in Sydney’s east, the owners made the unusual choice to revamp the interior before updating the exterior. “That was simply so we could live in the property while the building approvals were processed,” says Deborah Herrigan, who lives here with her husband, Mike Weale, their daughter Charlotte, 21, and son Max, 18.

The inside-out approach proved a challenge for interior designer Kate Bell. “It was difficult to envisage the house as a whole, as the window and door openings would change when the main build began,” she says. Despite the tricky start, such as the synergy between Kate’s interiors and the exterior structure, by architect David Smyth of Smyth & Smyth, that most people think the home is a new build.

The family already had an idyllic home in nearby Bondi Beach, but it lacked some desirable luxuries, such as a pool and home cinema. “Mike and Charlotte considered our last home our forever home,” says Deborah. “But I love the challenge of finding an old house and creating something amazing.” She recruited Max to Team Move and the pair set to work looking for the best options.

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January 2020