The long and winding road
A long-term approach to family living proves to be the perfect design solution, writes
Not everyone would be thrilled at the thought of renovating over an eightyear period. But when the owners of this terrace house in Paddington bought it in 2010, they were in no hurry to completely overhaul their new home.
Initially, their focus was on making the house safe for their young children, who were still just babies. They called in interior design firm Arent&Pyke to tone down the French Provincial style the house had been renovated in, make the kitchen more family friendly with a new benchtop deep enough to accommodate a few barstools and a new splashback.
“We also did a beautiful master bedroom scheme and living room, and upgraded the painting and lighting in the rest of the house,” says Sarah-Jane Pyke.
So far, so good. But there was so much more to come.
Fast forward a few years and the kids’ bedrooms were in need of an update as they approached school age.
Sarah-Jane says they also took the opportunity to rework an area at the side of the house which the kids had been using for messy play into a stylish home office.
While the first renovation had been completed before they moved in, this one was less dramatic so the family was able to stay living in the house while work was completed.
But that’s not the end of the story. The final piece in the puzzle was a major renovation completed at the end of last year.
Working with what had already been completed, Sarah-Jane was at the helm of an overhaul which included a new kitchen, new bathrooms and a stunning new dining space leading on to the courtyard at the rear. After
The master bedroom has remained relatively unchanged since the initial renovation eight years ago.