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east balmain House

“Standing at the front door and being able to see the sapphire harbour means you could only be in Sydney. It’s a jewel of its type, this East Balmain semi on a narrow site with southerly outlook down a steep rear slope. As such, it presented the award-winning practice of Benn and Penna with an old renovation chestnut.

Pushing this place up to three bedrooms and four bathrooms, and slotting the most gorgeous little en-suite into the dormer windowed portion of the master suite – exemplifies the very now strategy of going vertically to interleave new facility into tight buildings, however Andrew Benn says the buildings expansion needed “to be very carefully managed because too often such substantial renovations can destroy the original character of these charming buildings”

…”The idea of this project was about tall generous volumes and carefully created connections between rooms” is the architects summary, it was, in fact, about applying a feather light-light touch to a place that was pretty enough from the outset.”

summary of text by Jenny Brown,               Sydney Morning Herald, Jan. 2014

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