An historic gate house gets a breath of new life.

This charming cottage resides on the grounds of a sweeping estate on Sydney’s lower north shore. Originally the gate house for the heritage-listed property, it has been re-purposed as a stand-alone guest house for visitors, friends and extended family.

Brindabella was tasked with renovating and updating the interior to create this warm, welcoming and comfortable abode. The existing kitchen was basic but was in good enough shape for making tea, coffee and simple meals. So, it was given a spruce-up with a new floor and new coat of paint to give it a light, bright outlook.

The main bedroom required more work with a new floor, and floor coverings, a fresh coat of paint, new blinds, plus a brand new floor-to-ceiling wardrobe which is perfect for visitors who stay for an extended period. This new space makes the most of the generous natural light which streams through the windows plus visitors can now enjoy the alcove which looks out to the stunning views of the surrounding grounds.

In the second bedroom, a new floor and floor coverings, plus a fresh coat of paint in a soothing neutral shade, makes this room a calming retreat. The bathroom is a homage to the Art Deco style of the 1920s with is monochrome black-and-white colour scheme and traditional-style tapware in gleaming chrome.

Centrally-located, the living area is the connection point between all the other rooms and is the first room seen upon entering the gate house. It required a new floor and floor coverings, plus a new coat of paint. The entry deck was completely re-built, sanded and painted as it had deteriorated over time and was a potential hazard.

In all rooms, the window fittings were repaired where needed as well as minor repairs carried out to the walls, architraves and skirtings to breathe a new life into this historic gate house.

Designed by John Spiteri and built by Brindabella. Photography by Eliot Cohen for Zeitgeist Photography.

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