north shore builders mosman exterior

The extensive renovation of this tired, Spanish-style house in Mosman transformed it into a contemporary Hampton-style home that will stand the test of time.

The new owners of this dated Mosman property were keen to get started on its transformation as soon as they were handed the keys! We got to work immediately and, as the photos attest, not much remained of the old Spanish-style home as this ugly duckling was transformed into a contemporary home with the flexibility to evolve alongside this growing family.

The first step was to rip out all the existing fixtures, fittings, floors and walls inside.  The original floor plan comprised a rabbit warren of small rooms. Internal walls were removed to open up the space and create a  very large, open-plan area for the kitchen, dining and informal family room. The new, Hampton-style kitchen easily accommodated an expansive walk-in pantry and huge island bench with seating.

north shore builders mosman kitchen

The front three original rooms were retained, including the formal living room and two bedrooms.  The original garage was converted into a wine cellar and a new carport was added.

The second-storey addition featured the master suite with open ensuite bathroom (complete with a freestanding bath) and walk-in-robe, office and another bedroom. The new, second-storey balconies feature pretty views to Quakers Hat Bay.

Clever use of space was the conversion of the attic into a playroom for the children. As they grow, this can easily be converted into a media and games room.

A new pool was added to the backyard. To complete this, a lot of rock had to be excavated from the site with extensive block retaining walls built.  To soften the harshness of these large walls, they were clad in stone.  The result was quite spectacular and the retaining walls are a real feature of the backyard.  Glass fencing was installed facing the house so kids playing in the pool can be seen from the kitchen.

Renovation and second-storey addition summary

  • Remove all internal walls and ceilings. Replace with Gyprock.
  • Remove timber floors. Replace with new floating timber floors and carpet.
  • Remove internal walls to create large, open-plan kitchen, dining and family room.
  • Convert attic roof space into rumpus / playroom.
  • Second storey addition featuring the master suite with bathroom and walk-in robe.
  • Two upstairs balconies.
  • New kitchen with large walk-in pantry.
  • Existing laundry renovation.
  • Existing bathroom renovation.
  • Replace existing doors and windows (one of the original windows at the front of the home was retained).
  • Convert the garage into a wine cellar.
  • New Colorbond roof.
  • Build a new carport. New driveway.
  • Backyard retaining walls. Clad with sandstone.
  • Front yard landscaping, retaining walls and stairs.
  • Front and backyard landscaping and lawn turf.
  • Pool excavation. Pool tiling and fencing.
  • Render and paint the existing house exterior.

* Unfortunately, we only have limited photos of this project that were taken by our builders, not our professional photographer.  We hope to update the photos of this project in the not-too-distant future so check back for updates.