St Ives Estate

Upper North Shore


The owners of this 6500m2 estate in St Ives are avid gardeners. So when they decided to renovate, the garden was the first area we knew we should focus on.

We understood these clients felt strongly about the connection between the home and the gardens that surround it, so we made sure the gardens received the recognition they deserved. This meant not allowing the stunning design of the house to overshadow the natural beauty of the gardens.

Highlighting the existing 4000+ plants in the garden

A design that was years in the making

This successful project led to a wonderful, ongoing client relationship.

It started with a garden...

Staying true to Lisa’s roots in the garden, the various living spaces in the home were designed to have a dual garden view. Intimate courtyards and terraces were also added to act as transition spaces between the indoors and outdoors.

Overlooking the blue gum forests of Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve and with the spectacular gardens Lisa has worked so hard to grow, this is truly a magnificent estate.

The importance of listening

This client actually had another architect draw up a design for their home many years prior. The design was lovely… but they felt it didn’t capture their vision.

When the client engaged Playoust Churcher Architects, the first thing we did was listen.

“They were respectful of costs and they just listened to what we wanted. There is a lot to say for architects who listen. The house works perfectly with our needs – there is a flow that works beautifully.”

And the results? Well, they speak for themselves.

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11 Marian Street
Killara NSW 2071

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