THE PANEL

This tra­di­tional-style cot­tage in Syd­ney has plenty of charm. Can the Panel give it the func­tion­al­ity and sense of flow it needs?

Inside Out (Australia) - - Contents - WORDS FIONA JOY PHOTOGRAPHY NIGEL LOUGH

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 bud­get

$100k-$200k

the fam­ily Home­owner Stephanie with her sons, Or­lando, 2; and Archie, 4. AC­CESS AND SIGHT­LINES TO THE BACK­YARD

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