Renovations

 Renovations

Everyone loves a good renovation story. In awe of those brave enough to knock down the walls and start again? Read on to see what these readers have done to create their dream homes.

Working with passion

When it comes to interior decorating, Nicole has more than a passing interest. “I’m obsessed,” she laughs. “Absolutely obsessed!” And fortunately three years ago Nicole was able to pool her ideas and passion when she and her husband gave their...

Victorian treasure

This Sydney couple wanted to create something different so rather than updating their inner city terrace, they restored it with great passion and attention to detail, staying as faithful as possible to the era in which it was built.

When...

Keeping it Classic

Gendy, who co-runs Hickory Hill Home, created a stunning house on a unique 100-acre block, where the charm of the past has been enhanced with a fresh modern classic look.

When Gendy and her husband purchased their Hawkesbury property, an...

Decorating with glamour

Hollywood in the 1930s has been faithfully recreated in this Sydney home.

This elegant four-bedroom two-storey home in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs is a surprise from the moment you walk in the door. It truly feels like you are stepping back...

Made with Love

Mark and Kimberley Verrills re-built the old family home with warmth, love and fond memories, capturing its original seaside charm while creating a spacious family home with a fresh Hamptons feel.

Kimberley and Mark wanted to create a home...

Fit for a family

A substantial renovation has turned this Federation-style Melbourne house into a warm and inviting family home.

A big family needs a big home – enough room to come together, be loud, entertain, have squabbles, play games – and enough room...

A Step Back in Time

Looking for an older-style home to renovate, Paul and Elena restored a dated Federation house to its former glory – and created their dream home in the process! The couple were married in Strathfield in 1988 and have lived in the area ever...

A European Feel

An early 20th-century semi in Sydney’s eastern suburbs takes on an atmosphere that originated half the world away. In 1999, Bob and Annie bought a single-storey semi high above Tamarama, one of Sydney’s iconic beaches –...

Time for a Change

Life has very definite ways of letting you know when the end of a current ‘chapter’ is imminent and, when Ellen was faced with this, she headed for the hills. Just three years ago, Ellen was living in a house on Sydney’s...

Forward Thinking

Keen to make the most of their new home, Barbara and her husband Arthur transformed the tired and rundown property into a bright, contemporary space that's designed for open-plan living and entertaining. The couple purchased the house in 1994...