"Nicholas Murray had designed the refurbishment of the builder's home, which was of a similar vintage. The design and level of detailing of that house were exactly what we required for Hollyford."
In total, approximately 18 months was spent on the design phase of the project, with a further 18 months required for construction. Not surprisingly, recreating the original detailing of such a home was a time-consuming and expensive process. The front facade itself took more than two months to render.
Despite the costs, the owners were committed to replicating original features throughout different areas of the house. The attention to detail is obvious in the recreated facade, the mouldings, the front rooms, and the stables at the rear of the property. These were completely rebuilt to provide a self-contained guest quarters.
Before the renovations, the house was little more than a shell.
"The front section contains four rooms, which were rebuilt in the original style. Some of the major works included installing a new subfloor and floor, underpinning, a new roof, replastering and rearranging the openings," says Murray. "The contemporary addition, which contains the home's main living areas and an upstairs area that includes the master bedroom, was built from scratch."
Separating the traditional and contemporary spaces is a linear pond that traverses the entire width of the house and can be viewed through glazed walls. Because of this water feature and a need for a downstairs wine cellar and media room, all subfloor work was completed by the pool builder.