When Architect Prineas set out to renovate a historic Victorian street terrace in a suburb of Sydney, Australia with a more modern aesthetic, the team faced a common challenge. Once they saw its beautiful original details, they didn't want to touch them.
The property featured intricate crown moldings, aged hardwood floors, and unique patterned tiles that seemed too precious to discard, despite the fact that the owners also sought an environmentally-friendly address fit for the 21st century. So, to satisfy the firm's affinity for the past with the owners' request for the present, the team came up with a compromise. First, the multi-level layout was reoriented toward a private garden that would give every room an abundance of light. Then, a neutral color palette and natural elements would be used to complement those views. That take on the interior design would allow the period details to shine, too.
When the project was finished, Architect Prineas was able to present a modern home with classic attributes — or in other words, the best of both worlds.