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"Previously dark and compartmentalised, this Darling Point terrace house has undergone a complete transformation. Stafford Architecture created a newly open floor plan and injected daylight into its heart, resulting in a spacious home that by turns surprises and delights.

With views over Rushcutters Bay, the original house had plenty of potential, but reaching it required a complete overhaul and that several challenges be overcome. The site is just 7.5m wide and, due to a heritage conservation zoning, the existing roof line and chimneys needed to be retained. The two walls that continue down the length of the house were propped up while the interiors were completely gutted, providing Stafford Architecture with a clean slate to redesign the interior spaces.

“The existing house was dark and full of pokey rooms, so opening up the floor plan and bringing in as much natural light as possible was key,” says architect Bronwyn Litera. “It was important to create connections through the length of the house, to make it feel more open and avoid any dead ends.”

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