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Inside a Renovated Northern Beaches Property with Wow-Factor

I love looking inside homes that have undergone a major transformation. And the Northern Beaches property I’m showing you today is taking that love to a whole new level.

I’ve featured many before and after room reveals on the blog before, especially some budget makeovers like this cheap-as kitchen reno. But then there are properties that have had an entire makeover and are worthy of a real look-in and gasp at. And this is one of them!

Situated in the seaside suburb of Fairlight, which is about 13km North of the Sydney CBD, the home was given a new lease on life from the talented team at MM+J Architects. So let’s take a closer look.

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A Renovated Northern Beaches Property with Wow-Factor

Built in the 1920’s, the timber semi was in dire need of some additions and alterations. A new first floor was at the top of the list for the home owners, as was a revamped ground floor to the rear of the property. New decking and car parking was also required, along with a new entrance for the home (which was created in the side elevation).

The original house facade facing the street was retained, and I love it. From the street, it’s still got every bit of its original charm, but what happens inside the home is altogether new, fresh and contemporary. It’s a contrast I’m utterly smitten with.

Internally, as you can see in the slideshow below, the living spaces are bright, minimal and airy, opening to the rear courtyard and raised decking area. An indoor-meets-out vibe in a home; I’m a huge fan of it. And I think the team nailed that feel perfectly. The transition is seamless and I adore the mix of materials. It’s a textural wonderland out back and I love the sense of warmth.

floating timber staircase with under stair storage in renovated northern beaches property
kitchen with stone benchtop timber flooring and under stair storage space
white kitchen with stainless steel benchtop and window looking out to side yard
open plan living and dining room with timber flooring and built in reading nook
living room opening onto rear courtyard with pebbled area and raised back deck
mmj architects northern beaches property reno inside meets out courtyard with vertical wall garden and pebbled floor

Design moments at every turn

The number one design moment in this home has gotta be the kitchen bench. See the way it runs into the first landing on the internal staircase? I’ve never seen this done before and it’s giving me serious heart palpitations.

The built-in reading nook I am also especially fond of. I posted just this week on creating the perfect reading nook. And the execution of the one in this home is complete perfection.

What’s your favourite moment from this Northern Beaches property makeover? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

And if you’d like to find out more about this transformation, and others from the team at MM+J architects, check out their website here. A Manly-based firm, they service not just the Northern Beaches property market but other areas in Sydney too. In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some more amazing transformations from the team. So stay tuned for more designer eye-candy.

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

  • Great post. I love the kitchen are and backyard part too. Kitchen is looking really stunning. All interior is beautifully done. Thanks for sharing!

    21 March, 2017
  • Andrea


    That kitchen bench and stair landing – wow!

    22 March, 2017
  • Alex Cousins


    Gorgeous! I love this style of home

    23 March, 2017
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