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Dave and Libby's Gladesville House: a stunning transformation of a Californian bungalow

Located on the picturesque high side of Gladesville, Dave and Libby's Gladesville House is a perfect fusion of timeless charm and modern functionality. Originally a Californian bungalow, this renovation project was envisioned to cater to the needs of a vibrant young family of five, capturing breathtaking views of gum trees and the tranquil expanse of the Harbour.

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The essence of the brief was to craft a warm and inviting sanctuary for family gatherings and cherished moments. The architects retained the structure of the original bungalow and introduced a two-story addition at the rear, gracefully following the natural contours of the land. As a result, the existing pool and garden retained their pristine allure, seamlessly blending with the new architectural elements.

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A standout feature of the redesign is the expansive covered balcony on the northwest side, thoughtfully designed to provide respite from the scorching summer sun while welcoming the gentle warmth of winter sun into the living areas. This strategic placement not only enhances the home's energy efficiency but also fosters a seamless connection between the indoors and outdoors, inviting inhabitants to bask in the beauty of nature throughout the year.

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Stepping inside, one is greeted by an atmosphere of warmth and sophistication. The interiors exude a sense of understated elegance, with sleek lines, modern interiors, and a soothing color palette that harmonizes effortlessly with the surrounding landscape. Every detail has been thoughtfully considered to ensure a balance between comfort and style, making it the perfect retreat for the modern family.


  • Project size: 240 m2
  • Site size: 886 m2
  • Project Budget: AUD 1,000,000.00
  • Completion date: 2022
  • Building levels: 2

About the architects (from the architect's webpage):

Vanessa Wegner Architect is a small architectural practice in Gladesville, established in 2003. Our office is on the land of the Wallumedegal People of the Eora Nation. Our philosophy is to understand the client's needs and lifestyle and combine this with an understanding of the site to create a design with an expression of light and ease of living. Connection to the natural landscape is a key factor in every design and an emphasis on natural materials and environmental sustainablility is applied to each project.

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