This traditional-style cottage in Sydney has plenty of charm. Can the Panel give it the functionality and sense of flow it needs?
Our experts offer this Sydney family a way to blend functionality, flow and local heritage issues
the story so far
Stephanie and her husband Cameron were drawn to this picturesque weatherboard home in the Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill three years ago after looking unsuccessfully in neighbouring areas. They loved the gardens, the street appeal and that “touch of the Hamptons feel,” says Stephanie. Added bonuses were the high ceilings, formal lounge and dining, and downstairs guest bedroom for in-laws who visit regularly. But the home needs work to create a better flow and more space. “We got as far as painting, but life with two boys under four is tricky,” she says. “Now we’re expecting a third and we feel we need to make the house a home. We need to work out how to reconfigure the back of the house. But if we extend, will we end up outgrowing the house as the boys get bigger anyway? And if it isn’t our forever home, is it worth spending the money? Or should we just knock it down and start again? Right now, we have more questions than answers.” What’s stopping them? The couple can’t decide on what the right investment is for the size of the plot. And every time they get close to an action plan, the family grows and plans get put on hold or change direction.
the family Homeowner Stephanie with her sons, Orlando, 2; and Archie, 4. ACCESS AND SIGHTLINES TO THE BACKYARD