Old made new

Although it looks like a historic house, Gary and Marina's lovely Dural home, 'Frangipani' is actually only six years old. The property itself has a long history, but the original dwelling - built in the 1970s - was knocked down in order to construct their new dwelling less than a decade ago. Only one thing from the old house remains - the handmade stone fireplace which Gary says they turned into a garden feature.

Handmade is definitely the order of the day when it comes to this elegant home where Gary and Marina had the vast majority of the fittings and materials made to order."It was a four-year process involving significant bespoke items that were time consuming to obtain," Gary reveals. This included handmade wrought iron, bespoke etched glass, French door fittings as well as oversized doors and windows that the couple had made to order to suit the 14-foot ceilings. "Finding the right tradespeople to complete the build was also a lengthy process," Gary adds. For example, the stonework took many weeks to install, with an Italian father and son team doing most of the work.

The four-bedroom, three-storey residence meets the needs of this couple perfectly. "We were after a relaxed open-plan style with a French-country influence," Gary tells. Essential to the design was being able to utilise the north-facing rear aspect, with large verandah areas to keep the house cool in summer and allow light to flood the house year round.

"The house has great flow and the living areas blend together seamlessly from the lounge to the family room, kitchen and via French doors to the verandahs and loggia," Garry says. And while the house is quite large, the beauty of this property is that it still feels like a cosy home once you step inside, which is something Gary and Marina consciously strived to achieve.

Want the full story? Find it in Country Home Ideas vol. 16, no. 4

Story by Sunny de Bruyn
Photography by David James
Styling by Kirstin Randl-Katalinic

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