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A Sizzling 21st-Century Home

Carlo and Christine Rinaudo loved the character of their 1940s bungalow in Sydney, but the internal layout was back to front.

The family commissioned architect Mark Szczerbicki to undertake a minimalist yet detailed renovation that flipped the floorpan, resulting in a private bedroom zone at the front and seamless indoor/outdoor living areas at the rear.

Christine and Carlo both have busy work lives, so they like their home to be as calm and ordered as is possible with two young children. Multiple storage options throughout the interior ensure a clutter-free environment. The ace up their sleeve is a set of sliding doors alongside the kitchen/dining area, concealing a multipurpose room. “Any stray toys can be quickly thrown in there and we simply close the door,” says Christine.

A low-lying strip window brings in views of greenery.

A light well illuminates moody charcoal ceramics. “At night, LED strip lighting makes the water from the rainshower glisten,” says Carlo.

Here and throughout the house, custom joinery by Ital Furniture features a mix of display and hidden storage.

Alessia shows off pretty jewellery boxes and books on her display shelves.

In a masterstroke, a small rear garage hugging the boundary was converted into a playroom; one wall was partially removed and the room now opens via glazed sliding doors onto a deck and the back garden.

A new front door and Sunbrella awning amp up the home’s street appeal. The old carport is now a lock-up garage.

A wraparound clerestory window was designed to capture northern light.

Photos: Maree Homer

Via: Homes To Love

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