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Fairlight Architect Alteration and Additions:

Our recently completed Fairlight alteration and addition  is an rear and upper floor adaption of a handsome 1920s Federation house. 

The original home is a single storey, double brick home with slate roof, which had been extended at the rear over the years.

The new alterations and additions retain the existing scale and character of the street, in particular the adjacent two storey original single dwellings which are substantial original homes with an estimated building date from the 1910 to 1920.

The character of the alteration and additions complements and enhances the architectural style of the existing single storey dwelling, with the design intention that the dwelling will appear as if it has always been a two storey home.

The objective of the Fairlight architect alteration and additions was to maintain the character of the original home and create a contemporary family home including:

  • retention of the original front part of the dwelling, to maintain the character of the home & streetscape, including the existing front fence, front verandah and entry and front bedrooms, enclosed verandah and original bathroom
  • upper floor addition to the front of the home, designed to be consistent with the original house and maintain and enhance the character of the dwelling within the streetscape
  • new rear single storey addition to provide contemporary open planned living space including new kitchen, living, dining, laundry and side entry
  • new single garage
  • renewed landscaping


The home features a new natural slate roof with terracotta ridge trim details, recycled bricks salvaged from the demolition and re-used in the rear addition and feature fireplace, a panelled coffered ceiling to the family room and feature timber throughout the flooring & joinery.

The alteration and addition will also increases the soft area landscaping for the home and includes a covered outdoor space for entertaining and servery from the new kitchen to the garden.

For more of MWa’s work on federation homes, see the MWa Latest News Blog under Heritage.

Type: Detached Dwelling, 1920s Federation, Fairlight architect alteration and additions

Location: Fairlight

Council: Manly Council, Northern Beaches, Sydney

Engineer: Peninsula Consulting Engineer

Photographer: Tania Niwa Photography

Styling: Michelle Walker Architects