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A 1940s Darling Point Home With Elegant New Interiors

Interiors

It’s not easy to replicate the grandeur of a heritage home, but the Darling Point house by Alexander &CO sure does come close!

The practice was brought in to revitalise this 1940s property, which had fallen into disrepair. Having already endured numerous small renovations, Alexander &CO decided the best course of action was to gut the entire home and rebuild within the external walls, resulting in an sleek, contemporary home that expertly balances old and new.

27th January, 2020

Darling Point house by Alexander &CO. Photo – Tom Ferguson. Styling ­– Claire Delmar.

The 1940s home was located in a  heritage conservation area, but had become very worn out over the years. Photo – Tom Ferguson. Styling ­– Claire Delmar.

The 1940s was completely gutted in the renovation to introduce new interiors. Photo – Tom Ferguson. Styling ­– Claire Delmar.

‘Our intention was to couple traditional detailing with contemporary, and bring back into the home some sense of storytelling within each room,’ says Jeremy Bull. Photo – Tom Ferguson. Styling ­– Claire Delmar.

Although all the original detailing of the home was physically lost, this still played a major role in establishing the new interior’s character. Photo – Tom Ferguson. Styling ­– Claire Delmar.

Even though the interiors in this home are entirely new, they still offer a clear view of the property’s historic origins. Photo – Tom Ferguson. Styling ­– Claire Delmar.

Elegant styling details. Photo – Tom Ferguson. Styling ­– Claire Delmar.

The completed project balances elegance with amenity for a couple and their three young children. Photo – Tom Ferguson. Styling ­– Claire Delmar.

Construction on this project was by Fairweather Constructions. Photo – Tom Ferguson. Styling ­– Claire Delmar.

Amelia Barnes
Monday 27th January 2020

‘The combination of materiality and shadow is very elegant.’ – Jeremy Bull

‘We rebuilt the house from the ground up within these walls, including all new internal walls and roof,’ says Jeremy Bull, principal at Alexander &CO, of this impressive renovation project at Darling Point.

Although all the original detailing of the home had been physically lost over the years, the home’s 1940s heritage played a major role in establishing the character of this renovation. In fact, the intention for this project was to recreate a traditional ‘grand home’, complete with a cooking quarters, ballroom and sunrooms.

‘Our intention was to couple traditional detailing with contemporary, and bring back into the home some sense of storytelling within each room,’ says Jeremy. The various details, materials and nostalgic references throughout the interiors capture this feeling, while still embodying a sense of contemporary Sydney life.

Even though the interiors in this home are entirely new, they manage to offer a clear view of the property’s historic origins, without feeling antiquated. Jeremy says, ‘It is quite timeless in this sense. The combination of materiality and shadow is very elegant.’

The completed project perfectly balances elegance with amenity, to serve as a long term home for a couple and their three young children.

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