Freshwater house 2 Freshwater, Sydney


M+M Architects proudly present our transformation of a modified California Bungalow house, inspired by traditional Japanese architecture. We renovated the first floor, rear ground floor, and lower ground floor, preserving the original street-facing façade.

Our design enhances the original bungalow to meet the needs of a family of four. We created a spacious living and entertaining area that seamlessly integrates with the expansive rear garden. Expansive sliding doors maximize direct access and foster a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. Movable partitions add flexibility, allowing the space to be divided for separate use by adults and children or different groups.

These partitions slide into a cavity, creating either a spacious entertaining area or separate living spaces as needed. Each panel meets the junction of the sliding doors, ensuring a seamless three-way closure that combines functionality with aesthetic appeal.

We chose innovative materials to enhance durability and visual appeal. Inspired by traditional Japanese architecture, we selected Yakisugi timber cladding, charred to a charcoal finish to seal and enhance longevity while creating a striking black exterior. We complemented this with pale Blackbutt timber for the ground floor adjoining outdoor living areas, adding warmth and contrast to the overall design.

This project exemplifies our dedication to transforming California Bungalows while celebrating craftsmanship and innovative design solutions.


Completed June 2020.

​Survey: CMS Surveyors

Engineering: NB Consulting Engineers

Builder: Sherocon Builders

Photographers: Sebastian Photography 

Drone Shots: Sky Monkey