Undertaking a significant renovation to bring a 1910s grand home back to life, this expansive property was an open canvas. A neglected garden included many native trees amongst exotics, and a huge Moreton Bay Fig tree. The family wanted to ensure this was a welcoming, engaging space, suited to the needs of their four children over many years. A garden for fun, activity, open ended play, spaces for friends and family, eating outdoors, swimming, ball games and so on. The semi-circular driveway under the porte cochere was reinstated, with a semi-formal front garden to address the street and more casual living at the rear. The old stables converted to a pool pavilion. Decking platforms take play into the buttressed roots of the Fig. Views outwards to the garden were important considerations, as well as glimpses inwards to a sheltered internal courtyard.

Construction by Semken Landscaping
Renovation by Ross Tang Architects

Photography by Hilary Bradford, Rob Blackburn and Kate Seddon
House name design by Gavin Kerrison