Australian Home Beautiful Before & After Renovation Special: MWa are delighted to be featured in the special edition of Home Beautiful Magazine’s Before and After Renovation Edition.
Set in bush fire prone land and backing onto bushland, this home is inspired by the materials of Australian rural buildings and its bushland setting.
The home is in a great location, backing on to the bush, in a bush fire zone, lovely northern aspect along its full length so it has great light and sunshine.
Robust materials, joyful outdoor spaces, lots of light, managing the hot sun and making the most of the existing modest home: these are the key considerations of this renovation.
The residential renovation included extensive exterior works with a new pool surround, covered rear deck, new carport, new front porch, new driveway and new landscaping.
The internal works included a new kitchen and a new bedroom – essential living for a family of five, with an in house au pair who makes up the household of six.
The renovations included:
- relocated new kitchen
- new covered deck enclosed with operable louvres – a true outdoor room
- additional kid’s bedroom
- some new doors and windows to create better connections with garden & bush & outdoor areas
- complete pool renovation & pool surrounds including outdoor bbq space & outdoor storage
- new roof, new carport, new outdoor storage areas
- new front porch, driveway, landscaping
The materials were inspired by Australian rural homes and included:
- new colourbond roof (which replaced existing older tiled roof), with the edge of the roofing material exposed
- all external materials are non flammable because of bush fire zoning including
- expressed australian hardwoods (spotted gum)
- non flammable fibre cement weatherboards
- fibre cement lining boards
- sandstone blocks & sandstone pavers
- textured washed back concrete with blue metal
- bold new external colour scheme (monument & orange & white
The use of colours & materials continued inside & out –
– kitchen colours & materirals match external colours
(colourbond monument, dulux antique white & ironbark veneer)
– new fireplace is paved with same sandstone pavers as front porch, new bookshelves in external grade australian hardwood and back wall in monument.
The renovation took six months to complete, and was approved via NSW Complying Development.