Renovation projects often seem to take on a life of their own, snowballing into something more than the owner originally intended.
Before this heritage property was renovated, the extensive gardens were the home's best feature. Originally a small cottage, it had had a series of small lean-to rooms added along the boundary wall over the years. The access to these extra bedrooms was external, via a verandah.
The owners bought the property as an investment, with the intention of renovating it gradually and eventually selling it at a profit.
"We wanted to start by just doing the bathroom and putting in internal doors to the children's bedrooms," the owner says. "But the builder was available and suggested we do the whole thing while he had the time. Within three months we'd completely changed our plans, and were effectively building a brand new house."
While council regulations required that the heritage property remain essentially untouched, the architect, Paul Jones, was able to add a major extension to the back of the house, and a second storey. Upstairs there are three new bedrooms, each with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.
Ensuring that the new part of the house blended with the old was the responsibility of interior designer Phillip Silver.
"It was imperative that the additions had a seamless attachment to the original residence, without compromising the requirements for contemporary living," he says.