Living in the outer-sydney township of Windsor, on the hawkesbury River, is the best of both worlds, say homeowners sarah and Cath. “You always feel like you’re on holidays,” says sarah. “We have all the facilities we need nearby, and it’s close to transport. We can walk to cafes or a cute little wine bar, or take the boys to the park, or go kayaking on the river. We don’t miss out on anything here, and it’s a wonderful place to grow as a family.”
Sometimes, it pays to throw caution to the wind, according to Sydney couple Sarah and Cath Jordan de Souza. And they would know. They recently surrendered their home to the dynamos at Three Birds Renovations, giving them total free rein to transform it. And they couldn’t be happier with the gleaming result.
The radical renovation began when Sarah and Cath responded to a Three Birds Renovations call-out on Instagram. The proposal was an exciting one – with a major caveat: “We asked if there was anyone who’d like us to renovate and furnish their home,” says Three Birds’ cofounder, Erin Cayless. “But they needed to be prepared to hand over their house keys, their budget and to give us 100 per cent creative control – that was the catch.”
For Sarah and Cath, the proposition was a timely one. The couple lives in the historic town of Windsor, 55 kilometres north-west of Sydney, with their sons Chaise, 11, and Addison, nine. Their home, a cute early 1950s cottage, was in near-original condition when they bought it six years ago. Clad in pale yellow timber battens, the three-bedroom home was characterful and cosy but needed work. And with two growing boys, Sarah and Cath knew they needed to rethink their floor plan. They had considered going up and going out, and were still weighing their options when the Three Birds proposal came along.
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