Making a quiet arrival
This contemporary home fits right in with its neighbours for all the best reasons, writes
Renovating rather than building from scratch is often the smarter move for those after quick council approval. But for owner Ziad Zeino and his wife Lisa, knocking down the old Californian bungalow sitting on their block at Rodd Point in the inner west made a lot more sense, in more ways than one.
“The cost of renovating was close to the price of completely knocking it down and rebuilding,” Ziad says. “It ended up being a similar amount of money to tinkering with an 80- or 90-year-old house.”
Any dramas with council were sidestepped by designed the new two-storey house according to the Complying Development code, which allows for ‘development that is considered to be predictable in its environmental impact’.
Those that meet the requirements typically receive approval in less than two weeks.
For Ziad and Lisa, it meant that they settled on the house in February and they could begin building in June.
Ahead of the curve
Although architect Andy McDonald designed them a four-bedroom home that is unapologetically contemporary, Ziad says it does give a nod to the area’s Italian heritage.
“People around here love their concrete,” says Ziad. “If you do concrete right, you don’t need to paint it or put Gyprock over it and it has stability and longevity. “So we got the trendy concrete look.” The two-storey home has living areas on the ground floor, as well as upstairs, and has been designed with passive solar principles in mind. Concrete construction ensures even indoor temperatures throughout the year, while strategically placed windows allow for
The open-plan main bedroom suite includes an ensuite with timber-look tiles.