Ballast Point House

With some seriously enviable water, park and urban views, this home restoration in Ballast Point, Birchgrove, brings a palatial heritage property of over a century-old, right into modern day. Uniting historical fabric of the home with a new pavilion, heritage and contemporary collide: steel, glass and stone offset brick, slate and timber to truly celebrate the home’s historical narrative.

Recognised after completion with the 2014 Master Builders’ Association ‘Excellence in Housing’ Award, the property has set a new gold standard in the industry for its dramatic reimagining of materiality. From steel, glass, concrete, copper, timber and stone, a vast array of different material elements combine to applaud the unique historical personality of both the property itself, and the surrounding region.

Situated in the middle of large expanses of manicured gardens, new additions to the landscaping has trounced the property off with a 25metre lap pool, green walls to flank the new extensions, sandstone retaining walls, off-form concrete structures and extensive soft landscaping.

Throughout the interiors, a rich eclecticism prevails. Contemporary design sits comfortably beside examples of the home’s original fabric, with the timelessness of European Oak (treated here in Precision Flooring’s Oslo finish) providing the unifying backdrop through the home’s many spaces.