This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

A 1980s Beachside Brick Home Gets A Dreamy Renovation

Homes

An 1980s brown brick home doesn’t necessarily jump out as an interior designer’s dream home… but Alex Bennett could see the potential in this Suffolk Park property.

With help from Those Architects, this home was gutted, reworked and extended to create the perfect beachside sanctuary for Alex and her two young children, Parker and Scout.

9th October, 2019

The Suffolk Park home of Alex Bennett, renovated by Those Architects with builder Todd Knaus Constructions. Togo sofa from Domo. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Sculpture by Den Holm. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Alex and Scout at home. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Outdoor table and benches by Eco Outdoor. Indoor chairs by chairs by Something Beginning With. Dining table by Pop and Scott. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Joinery by Woodrabbit Kitchens. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Dining table by Pop and Scott, chairs by Something Beginning With, wall planter by Unearthed Garden. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

MCM house lounge, artwork by Karla Rose. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Vintage lamp, sofa from Pop and Scott. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Living room detail, with artwork by Karla Rose. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Artworks by Bobby Clark, dining table by Pop and Scott, chairs from Something Beginning With. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Pampa wool rug, vintage marble table from Gumtree, op shop vase and ashtray, incense holder by Pampa. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Tree recycled from a local plant nursery. Pot from Pop and Scott. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Le Bambole vintage sofa, artwork by Lily Nicholson. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Wall hanging by Dharma Door, wool runner from Pampa. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Linen bedding by Deiji Studios, artwork by Pampa. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Travertine side tables from En-Gold, vessels from Mel Lumb. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 9th October 2019

‘We have filled the space with the works of local talented creatives’ – Alex Bennett.

Alex Bennett was eager to set up a home in Suffolk Park… so eager that she purchased this 1980s brick home and undertook serious renovations to make her dream location work. Alex explains ‘the entire original home was gutted, and 3 metres was chopped off the rear of the house.’  This full rebuild was coupled with Alex’s own interior design and styling input, to create a warm, contemporary and refined home.

The brief to Simon from Those Architects was for something solid, practical, and well laid out. The family wanted a big main living area and kitchen to hang out together in, and lots of natural light. Alex enthuses ‘we got all of this plus more!’

The architects retained the original external walls and tiled roof, but that was all that remained. The internal layout was completely reconsidered, and the doors and window positions were relocated to enhance the aspect and natural light. Once this initial work was complete, a second story extension was introduced.

Alex has brought her own touch to the interior styling, creating a ‘soft but solid’ feel, with a variety of textures and warm neutral tones. The home balances lots of open space with comfy nooks, and reflects the relaxed lifestyle of the family who live here. Alex describes ‘we have filled the space with the works of local talented creatives, which really enhances the warmth of the house.’ The soft, neutral palette is achieved through a mix of Dulux natural white on the internal walls and ceilings, vivid white on the doors and trims, and fair bianca externally.

While the resulting outcome is exactly what Alex dreamed of (and what we are now dreaming of!) it wasn’t without its bumps along the way. Adaptive reuse (rather than totally re-building from scratch) is an excellent environmental strategy, but can involve hidden costs and unexpected hurdles. Alex highlights ‘renovating rather than rebuilding was more costly and stressful than planned, as there were a lot of unknowns in the quality of the existing structure.’ But she emphasises that the outcome was worth it!

The calm and light filled home is located a street away from the beach, making it a favourite location for friends to drop in for an evening BBQ. The home’s new functionality and layout makes it the perfect spot for casual entertaining – Alex enthuses ‘it’s so nice having friends over, the adults can sit around and have a chat while the kids run and play on the grass.’ Living the Suffolk Park dream!

This Week

Architecture

A Sleek, Shed-Style Home In Rural Victoria

Inside Lovell Burton's refined Macedon Ranges home.

Interiors

A 1940s Darling Point Home With Elegant New Interiors

Alexander &CO build on the grandeur of this heritage home in Sydney, with sleek new interiors that expertly balance old and new.

Homes

Living The Regional Dream In Strzelecki, South Gippsland!

Treechangers Shelley and Tom Banders share their charming home, surrounded by rolling hills in regional Victoria.

Studio Visit

Illustrator And Designer Mark Conlan On Finding Your Style, And Embracing It!

Career wisdom from one of Melbourne's most in-demand designers, whose clients include Coca Cola and The New York Times!
Annie Portelli
  20 hours ago

Art

10 Unmissable Art Exhibitions Of 2020

Calendars out! Our pick of not-to-be-missed art exhibitions for 2020, Australia wide.

News

Your Favourite Ceramicists In One Group Show!

Shop works from Oh Hey Grace, Peta Armstrong, Rara Studio, Emma Gale and Mel Lumb in this group show at Nikau in Byron’s Art and Industria...

Shopping

An Iconic New Collaboration - Art-Inspired Ceramics From Robert Gordon x David Bromley

Two great Australian creative names collaborate on a distinctive new range of ceramic homewares, available at Myer.

Shopping

Perfect Indoor Planters From The Plant Society And Capra Designs

A collaboration between The Plant Society and Capra Designs – we're loving these architecture-inspired planters!

Interiors

How To Do 'Country Style' With A Contemporary Edge

Lauren Li shows us how to take a less rustic, and more refined approach to 'Country' interiors.
Lauren Li

News

Make Your Pledge To Protect The Bush

Independent not-for-profit Bush Heritage calls on the community to pledge their commitment to land and wildlife protection and conversation....
Sponsored

Architecture

Is This Australia's Answer to Palm Springs' Iconic Kaufmann House?

A seriously impressive home in Toowoomba, Queensland by Shaun Lockyer Architects, inspired by mid-century architecture.

Giveaway

Take Our Reader Survey and WIN One of Two Amazing Getaways!

WIN a luxurious stay + spa package at Halcyon House on the NSW north coast, or Lon Retreat in Point Lonsdale!

Stays

An 1853 Daylesford Homestead Turned Charming Holiday Rental

Theresa Albiloi and Tony De Marco have transformed an 1853 Daylesford house into the beautiful accomodation, The Station House.

Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Fragrant Roast Chicken With Mango Salad

Julia shares an innovative recipe to put all those delicious summer mangos to excellent use!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Homes

An Interior Designer's Family Forever Home

Therese Carrodus of Full Of Grace transforms her 1880s South Yarra home from 'daggy' to designer!
Lucy Feagins
  4 hours ago

View Comments

Similar Stories

Homes

A Spectacular Spanish-Influenced Homestead In The Byron Hinterland

Emma and Tom Lane, co-owners of The Farm in Byron Bay, share their incredible family home – 'The Range'.

Shopping

Morocco Meets Byron Bay In This Modern Bohemian Wonderland

A virtual visit to the rug and artisanal object treasure trove that is Tigmi Trading.
Elle Murrell

Architecture

A House That Channels Modern Mediterranean, In Byron Bay

Those Architects transform an 80s brown-brick home in Byron Bay beyond recognition!
Miriam McGarry

This Week

Architecture

A Sleek, Shed-Style Home In Rural Victoria

Inside Lovell Burton's refined Macedon Ranges home.

Interiors

How To Do 'Country Style' With A Contemporary Edge

Lauren Li shows us how to take a less rustic, and more refined approach to 'Country' interiors.
Lauren Li

Homes

Living The Regional Dream In Strzelecki, South Gippsland!

Treechangers Shelley and Tom Banders share their charming home, surrounded by rolling hills in regional Victoria.

Homes

An Interior Designer's Family Forever Home

Therese Carrodus of Full Of Grace transforms her 1880s South Yarra home from 'daggy' to designer!
Lucy Feagins
  4 hours ago

Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Fragrant Roast Chicken With Mango Salad

Julia shares an innovative recipe to put all those delicious summer mangos to excellent use!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Shopping

An Iconic New Collaboration - Art-Inspired Ceramics From Robert Gordon x David Bromley

Two great Australian creative names collaborate on a distinctive new range of ceramic homewares, available at Myer.

Giveaway

Take Our Reader Survey and WIN One of Two Amazing Getaways!

WIN a luxurious stay + spa package at Halcyon House on the NSW north coast, or Lon Retreat in Point Lonsdale!

Architecture

Is This Australia's Answer to Palm Springs' Iconic Kaufmann House?

A seriously impressive home in Toowoomba, Queensland by Shaun Lockyer Architects, inspired by mid-century architecture.

Studio Visit

Illustrator And Designer Mark Conlan On Finding Your Style, And Embracing It!

Career wisdom from one of Melbourne's most in-demand designers, whose clients include Coca Cola and The New York Times!
Annie Portelli
  20 hours ago

Art

10 Unmissable Art Exhibitions Of 2020

Calendars out! Our pick of not-to-be-missed art exhibitions for 2020, Australia wide.

Interiors

A 1940s Darling Point Home With Elegant New Interiors

Alexander &CO build on the grandeur of this heritage home in Sydney, with sleek new interiors that expertly balance old and new.

News

Make Your Pledge To Protect The Bush

Independent not-for-profit Bush Heritage calls on the community to pledge their commitment to land and wildlife protection and conversation....
Sponsored

Stays

An 1853 Daylesford Homestead Turned Charming Holiday Rental

Theresa Albiloi and Tony De Marco have transformed an 1853 Daylesford house into the beautiful accomodation, The Station House.

News

Your Favourite Ceramicists In One Group Show!

Shop works from Oh Hey Grace, Peta Armstrong, Rara Studio, Emma Gale and Mel Lumb in this group show at Nikau in Byron’s Art and Industria...

Shopping

Perfect Indoor Planters From The Plant Society And Capra Designs

A collaboration between The Plant Society and Capra Designs – we're loving these architecture-inspired planters!

Similar Stories

Homes

A Spectacular Spanish-Influenced Homestead In The Byron Hinterland

Emma and Tom Lane share their incredible family home – 'The Range'.

Shopping

Morocco Meets Byron Bay In This Modern Bohemian Wonderland

A virtual visit to the rug and artisanal object treasure trove that is Tigmi Trading.
Elle Murrell

Architecture

A House That Channels Modern Mediterranean, In Byron Bay

Those Architects transform an 80s brown-brick home in Byron Bay beyond recognition!
Miriam McGarry