When Jamieson and Nadia purchased their home in Lindfield, they had time on their side to find the right architect for the job. At the time, the family was living in Singapore and they bought the home to serve as a future family home when they returned to Sydney.
The home is located in a heritage conservation area, so finding an architect who could help them navigate the complexities of renovating in a heritage area was top of mind.
“At the time, we looked online at a lot of houses,” explains Jamieson. “We saw that Playoust Churcher was responsible for the renovation of a home on the same street as the one we bought. We liked the look and feel of that home and were drawn to their heritage and conservation experience.
Once we met with the team, the simplicity with which they were able to explain the design process was really what led to us choosing them.”
At every stage of the process, Jamieson had full confidence in the Playoust Churcher team to deliver.
“We provided a very detailed brief on the design and the requirements both in terms of how it would support our family as it grew over time in addition to the design features that were important to us. We were thrilled with the concept and design they delivered. It ticked all the boxes.
From that early stage of the initial concept, we felt very confident that the team understood our brief in terms of the design and how we hoped to live. More than that, they also showed an understanding of the financial requirements and cost issues that are really important whenever you undertake any renovation project.”
With the concept and design over the line, the next big milestone to tackle was the development application.
“When we spoke with Brett Churcher, he was able to clearly articulate how they would navigate the DA process and the various stages involved. It’s another one of the main reasons why we chose Playoust Churcher for our renovation project.”
As with any other heritage DA, the process for this project was more involved than for a regular DA. We went through an initial pre-DA to pitch and brief the concept to council. Based on their feedback, we submitted a further pre-DA before proceeding with the final DA.
“Brett’s expertise with council was invaluable, as he was able to negotiate throughout various stages of the DA process, leading to some changes and amendments to the design before DA approval was granted. We were really happy with the end result, which achieved everything we were aiming for.”
It’s not unusual for us to work with clients who are living overseas. But in 2010, when Jamieson first contacted us about his project, it certainly wasn’t the norm.
“We were living overseas for seven years while the renovation project was progressing. We bought the home for our family to live in when we returned to Sydney, so there was certainly no rush to complete the project.
We worked with the Playoust Churcher team through a combination of telecalls and also in person meetings when we were in Sydney for work or a holiday, and that worked really well for us.
It was very collaborative and I enjoyed that. I was very close to the design process through the entire journey, which was really important to me.
Overall, it was a seamless process. The fact that we were living overseas wasn’t restrictive or a roadblock in terms of achieving any of the key outcomes through the various milestones. It was never an issue.”
Jamieson couldn’t be happier with the final result of his renovated Lindfield home. From the seamless indoor/outdoor flow to the separate living spaces and the privacy of the guest bedrooms, the family is enjoying living in a home that works so well for their lifestyle.
“The indoor/outdoor flow, which was something very important to us in terms of entertaining and seamless living, has made the house really special. We really enjoyed the seamless flow of homes when we lived in Singapore and Playoust Churcher has created an amazing experience when it comes to that lifestyle resort living.
We have two teenagers and an eight-year-old. One of the things we really noticed while we were in COVID lockdown was the layout and multiple living spaces. We are all able to coexist unlike we have in any other home. We can all come together in the main living areas, but when one of us is seeking our own space, we have the ability to go and do our own thing.
Initially, we were concerned because the home is on a south facing block. One of the elements identified from the outset was the need to have a design that brought light into all areas of the home. It’s quite incredible how effectively Playoust Churcher was able to create an amazing design that addresses all the concerns of light with a south facing block.
We’ve shown agents through the home and each one has been stunned at how bright and light the home is at all times during the day. We’re still pinching ourselves with the result.”
At Playoust Churcher Architects, what we did for Jamieson and Nadia is what we deliver for every one of our clients. We have decades of experience as North Shore architects and the skills required to deliver sensitive and spectacular heritage and conservation projects.
Contact us to discuss your dream home vision with one of our team of experienced architects.
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