NAR­ROW es­cape

With an eye-catch­ing use of tim­ber cladding in­side and out, the de­sign team be­hind the re­work of this Syd­ney ter­race proves good things can come in small pack­ages

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Who lives here: Ren­o­va­tion team Kin­wolf, made up of friends Casey Scott, Scott Ligert­wood and Matt Crocker, trans­formed the home. They are cur­rently rent­ing it out.

Style of home: A tiny ter­race in Syd­ney’s in­ner west on a 126-square-me­tre block has been rein­vented as a three-bed­room home, thanks to a con­tem­po­rary ad­di­tion that is po­si­tioned dis­creetly out of sight but re­claims space – both real and imag­ined. A six-week de­sign pe­riod was fol­lowed by a seven-month trip through council. The build took nine months.

Ren­o­vat­ing homes is a way of life for Casey Scott. As a child, he moved from house to house watch­ing his par­ents ren­o­vate, and he was hooked. “The houses would start out as pretty ter­ri­ble and turn out to be amaz­ing,” says Casey. As a young man, the Syd­neysider and his sis­ter would join in, work­ing with their par­ents on projects. His sis­ter cre­ated her own reno com­pany with friends, Three Birds Ren­o­va­tions, and soon af­ter Casey and two mates, Scott Ligert­wood and Matt Crocker, started their com­pany, Kin­wolf. “We are all mad for de­sign,” says Casey. “It’s pretty awesome to do what you love for a liv­ing with your mates.”

Their first project is this ter­race in the Syd­ney sub­urb of Birch­grove. “It’s a 126-square-me­tre block, so we had to be smart with the space and let light in,” says Casey. Only the front fa­cade stayed the same. At the back, ar­chi­tect Michael Daw­son of Daw­sonvu bal­anced a tim­ber box on top of a lin­ear liv­ing zone that opens to the gar­den and sky.


The orig­i­nal two-bed­room ter­race held lit­tle al­lure – but the lo­ca­tion more than made up for it. A stone’s throw from the har­bour and in-de­mand Bal­main, Birch­grove is one of Syd­ney’s hid­den gems. “The home it­self was pretty rub­bish – it had very low ceil­ings and was very skinny and dark,” says Casey. “But it ticked all the other boxes in terms of the area, a nice view and a good street.”

The ar­chi­tect’s pri­or­ity was to have light pen­e­trate into the core of the build­ing. “A glazed roof was po­si­tioned over the stair­case and across the liv­ing area to de­fine both the liv­ing and din­ing zones, which re­sulted in a sus­pended cu­bist form, or box shape,” says Michael.

While light and bright, it was im­por­tant that the house still felt like home to a po­ten­tial buyer. “We cer­tainly didn’t want it to feel ster­ile or look like a gallery,” says Casey.

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