Mak­ing a quiet ar­rival

This con­tem­po­rary home fits right in with its neigh­bours for all the best rea­sons, writes

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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.

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