Freshwater house 02 Freshwater, Sydney


We’re delighted to present the transformation of this modified California Bungalow house, which now boasts a new first floor, rear ground floor, and lower ground floor while retaining the original house facing the street.

Responding to the needs of our client’s family of four, our design focused on creating a spacious living and entertaining area that seamlessly integrates with the large rear garden. Expansive sliding doors were incorporated to maximise direct access, allowing the indoor and outdoor spaces to flow effortlessly. To ensure versatility, movable partitions were introduced, allowing the space to be easily divided for separate use by adults and children, or for different groups of people. These partitions slide away seamlessly into a cavity, leaving a spacious entertaining area, or can be used to separate the living areas as desired. Notably, the panels were meticulously designed so that the final panel precisely meets the junction of the sliding doors, resulting in a three-way single point of closure, ensuring both functionality and aesthetics were compatible.

Innovative materials were carefully selected to enhance both the durability and visual appeal of the residence. Drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese architecture, our architects suggested the use of Yakisugi timber cladding, which involves charring the timber to almost charcoal on the outside. This process not only seals the timber, making it longer-lasting but also creates a striking black exterior finish. To complement this, a pale Blackbutt timber was chosen for the ground floor adjacent to the outdoor living areas, creating a beautiful contrast and adding warmth to the overall design.

This project exemplifies our commitment to creating spaces that not only meet the needs of our clients but also celebrate the beauty of 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