Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


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Warehouse Conversion In Sydney’s North

Coco Republic Interior Design transformed an untouched 1950s warehouse into a lavish tri-level home, located in the enviable suburb of McMahons Point. With a high-end luxury brief, the owners main focus was functionality and suitability for their young growing family. No detail was missed in delivering the client’s dream glamorous sanctuary.

Coco Republic Senior Interior Designer Victoria Chapman shares all the details on this project.

What was the property like before this project?

The property, which was a near original, circa 1950 tri level warehouse is situated on 651 sqm of land with a very large street frontage of 24m.  To the rear of the property, was a period free standing 3 bedroom house with dual access driveway which was also purchased. When our clients bought the warehouse, it has been re-purposed as a photography studio but was in a very dilapidated state and riddled with asbestos.  The roof structure was a great feature and original but was in desperate need of  repair.  The plan was to divide the warehouse to make two luxury three level houses and a single dwelling to the rear.

What was the client brief for the project and what was important to them in this process?

The homeowner’s brief was to design a luxurious home over the three levels that could accommodate a growing family and  have plenty of space for entertaining and parties.  It was important to keep level one as a private space for the family with guests accessing ground and second floors only. It was also important to provide easy and safe access to the property behind where the children’s grandparents were going to live so that the families could connect on a daily basis.

Second Floor

What was your inspiration for the design?

Our client loves classic Parisian apartments with oak parquetry floor and detailed white wall paneling.  We took inspiration from this style and simplified the elements to provide a  contemporary version to suit the space.

Why were particular colours and materials used? What kind of atmosphere were you aiming to create? 

The clients were very keen to have Calacatta marble as the main feature material throughout and we were able to source some very beautiful slabs which we used in key areas to provide both a luxurious finish and visual interest.  We didn’t want the marble to make the space feel too cold, particularly as the ceiling soars to over 5m on the second floor and so to offset the stone, we introduced a beautiful giant format engineered oak floorboard in a sable/ grey tone which we laid in a chevron format.  This flooring spans the full extent of the second floor open plan living and so the extra large format helped to balance the height and floor area. Resene Merino was used as the white throughout (off white with a green oxide undertone).

What is your favourite part of the renovation?

The second floor is the part of the house I enjoy most as it has stunning views and wonderful sense of peace with its connection to the green spaces. The clients were also wonderful to work with, having an impeccable eye for design and style.


Published: Grand Designs Australia, Issue 7.6
Builder: Revelop
Architect: Bureau SRH
Interior Designer: Coco Republic Interior Design

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