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We haven’t had a visit to this project since before Xmas. As you can see things are really coming together, it’s all in the final stages with Mother Of Pearl & Sons supplying the hardware products being installed. The house is truly stunning, Normyle has an attention to detail, things like having this baluster made from scratch

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#6 PADDINGTON

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It was a very different looking site today. With the final rough wiring & plumbing in place,  Gyprock is beginning to go up. Here you can see the beautiful transition from rustic bagged brick to smooth plasterwork. You can gain this attic space in any terraced house with a gabled roof, enabling you to create an extra room whilst preserving the contextual architecture of the streetscape.

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#5 PADDINGTON

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As you can see this build has progressed enormously, the structure is well & truly up with the roof on. You can see how much space has been gained by using the full width of the house for the new kitchen / living area. There will be a small downstairs bathroom, the main bathroom being located upstairs above the kitchen. The pitch of the skillion roof & the width of the upstairs has been kept in proportion to all of the other houses in the street, to comply with council heritage requirements.

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#4 PADDINGTON

What was a really quite a small Paddington terrace has gained an enormous amount of space with this renovation. The bedroom above the kitchen has gone from box-like dimensions to enormous. The new kitchen/living area leading out to the garden will be filled with light, two steps down into a tranquil oasis a large melaleuca provides shade and a feeling of being far away from the city. The steel frame of the extension will be seen as an architectural element of the building. Steel framed bi-fold doors are being used as Normyle does not want to obstruct the view from within using clunkier wooden frames which would be necessary with the enormous amount of glass. These huge convict cut sandstone blocks which were the foundations of the old kitchen will be used to create garden beds, the whole becoming an indoor/outdoor room, a place for family and friends to live and socialise rather than being squeezed into a Victorian Era box.

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#3 PADDINGTON

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On the last site visit, footings were just being marked out. As you can see a lot of brickwork has been removed. The rear upstairs bedroom now being held up with acro props. The reason for this is that rather than just adding an extension, the steel frame for the new structure has to go right back into the existing house in order to tie it all together properly. Steel joists for the new structure will come out of the existing kitchen to rest on the brick footing in the foreground.(more…)

#2 PADDINGTON

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LAYING FOUNDATIONS

As you can see this is a fairly major renovation! We talked last time about opening up the back of a 19th c Paddington terrace house whilst retaining the front, to create a modern townhouse.(more…)

#1 PADDINGTON

This is the first in a series of posts in which we will followSydney building designer John Normyle through the renovation of an 1880’s Paddington terrace house, the type of work his practice is known for & has won heritage building awards in.

I met John onsite today for this first in a series on this project.(more…)

INTERVIEW : John Normyle

This is the first in a series of posts in which we will follow Sydney building designer John Normyle through the renovation of an 1880’s Paddington terrace house, the type of work his practice is known for & has won heritage building awards in. I met John onsite today for this first in a series on this project.

Normyle notes that every property is different, yet he has to be able to visualise the house completed on his initial walk through a property with the client. A long time resident of Paddington & coming from a background as an Antique Dealer followed by a stint on Woollahra Council as Deputy Mayor, Normyle is both conservationist & modern thinker.(more…)