When a couple with two children fell in love with a cozy property on the North Shore of Sydney, Australia, they wanted to do something that most suburbanites crave: blend in while still standing out. The pair gravitated toward the home's traditional 1930s exterior, but they wanted to update the interior with a more cohesive layout and a stronger connection to the outdoors. Principal Hannah Tribe agreed, so when her namesake firm was hired for the job, she worked to blend the site's period charm into the mindset of a 21st century address. Her team decided that the best way to do this was to renovate the rear, and open the common areas to the garden for a striking, family-friendly space. "The brick sunburst on the front appears in the new rear elevation, and then leadlight windows at the front morph into steel framed windows at the rear," said managing associate director Miriam Green. When the project was complete, the historic qualities of the public's view were balanced with the private, modern aspects of what's behind the front door. That subtle consideration made for the ideal family home — and the ideal neighbor.
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Elizabeth Stamp is a freelance writer splitting her time between New York and Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and CNN Style.