Inside Architect Richard Cole’s Sandstone Cottage Renovation in Avalon Beach

This historic cottage has been transformed into an architect’s beautiful luxury home – complete with an outdoor kitchen, glass bathroom and bedroom with a ‘floating’ walkway

  • An architect transformed a historic cottage into his dream home by brilliantly balancing old and new
  • Richard Cole bought the sandstone house in Avalon Beach, Sydney, in 1997 after it fell into disrepair
  • He breathed new life into the dilapidated structure in a six-year project that resulted in an epic work of art

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An architect has transformed a crumbling cottage into a beautiful family home that brilliantly balances the old and the new.

Richard Cole bought the sandstone house in Avalon Beach, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, in 1997 after it fell into disrepair.

Over the course of six years, he breathed new life into the dilapidated building in a massive renovation that resulted in an architectural work of art, complete with a luxurious outdoor kitchen, glass-walled bathroom and a loft-style master bedroom accessed via a ‘floating’ walkway built into the roof.

Sydney architect Richard Cole transformed this crumbling cottage into a beautiful family home that brilliantly balances the old with the new

Sydney architect Richard Cole transformed this crumbling cottage into a beautiful family home that brilliantly balances the old with the new

Striking features include a luxurious outdoor kitchen

Striking features include a luxurious outdoor kitchen

And a bathroom with glass walls and a free-standing bath

And a bathroom with glass walls and a free-standing bath

Notable features include a luxurious outdoor kitchen (left) and a glass-walled bathroom with a free-standing bath (right)

Cole bought the sandstone house in Avalon Beach, on Sydney's Northern Beaches, in 1997 after it fell into disrepair

Cole bought the sandstone house in Avalon Beach, on Sydney's Northern Beaches, in 1997 after it fell into disrepair

Cole bought the sandstone house in Avalon Beach, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, in 1997 after it fell into disrepair

Mr Cole has put a new roof on the cottage to include clerestory windows, rows of narrow windows above eye level first used in the temples of ancient Egypt, making interiors appear brighter and larger than their actual floor dimensions.

Listing agent James Baker, who oversees the sale of the home for McGrath Real Estate, said the sprawling home office is one of the best he’s ever seen.

“It’s the perfect place to set up a business or just work from home,” he told Daily Mail Australia.

Mr Cole has put a new roof on the cottage to include clerestory windows, rows of narrow windows above eye level first used in the temples of ancient Egypt, making interiors appear brighter and larger than their actual floor dimensions.

Mr Cole has put a new roof on the cottage to include clerestory windows, rows of narrow windows above eye level first used in the temples of ancient Egypt, making interiors appear brighter and larger than their actual floor dimensions.

Mr Cole has put a new roof on the cottage to include clerestory windows, rows of narrow windows above eye level first used in the temples of ancient Egypt, making interiors appear brighter and larger than their actual floor dimensions.

The architect created a loft-style master bedroom

The architect created a loft-style master bedroom

It is accessible via a floating walkway in the new roof

It is accessible via a floating walkway in the new roof

The architect created a loft-style master bedroom (left) accessed via a floating walkway (right) in the new roof

Mr Cole has retained original features including the floors and sandstone walls

Mr Cole has retained original features including the floors and sandstone walls

Mr Cole has retained original features including the floors and sandstone walls

He added, “In addition, it is one of the few original 1930s houses in the area.”

Mr Baker said Mr Cole has ‘mixed old and new brilliantly’ by retaining original features such as the floors and walls and adding a modern extension with a luxury kitchen, fourth bedroom and large family bathroom.

The house will go under the hammer on Sept. 11 with a target price of $3.8 million (AUD), just over $1 million more than the average price of a four-bedroom in the area which was $2.7 million. in 2020, according to figures from realestate.com.au.

Mr Baker said Mr Cole 'mixed old and new brilliantly' by keeping what he could and adding a modern extension with a luxury kitchen, fourth bedroom and large family bathroom

Mr Baker said Mr Cole 'mixed old and new brilliantly' by keeping what he could and adding a modern extension with a luxury kitchen, fourth bedroom and large family bathroom

Mr Baker said Mr Cole ‘mixed old and new brilliantly’ by keeping what he could and adding a modern extension with a luxury kitchen, fourth bedroom and large family bathroom

The house will be sold under the hammer on September 11 with a target price of $3.8 million (AUD)

The house will be sold under the hammer on September 11 with a target price of $3.8 million (AUD)

The asking price is just over $1 million higher than the average price of a four-bedroom in the area, which was $2.7 million in 2020

The asking price is just over $1 million higher than the average price of a four-bedroom in the area, which was $2.7 million in 2020

The house will be sold under the hammer on September 11 with a target price of $3.8 million (AUD)

Mr Baker said the average home price in Avalon Beach has risen from $1.8 million to $3 million in the past 12 months

Mr Baker said the average home price in Avalon Beach has risen from $1.8 million to $3 million in the past 12 months

Mr Baker said the average home price in Avalon Beach has risen from $1.8 million to $3 million in the past 12 months

Mr Baker said the median home price in Avalon Beach has risen from $1.8 million to $3 million in the past 12 months as a growing number of Sydneysiders and interstate buyers try to escape Covid restrictions usually concentrated in major cities. .

‘Every time there’s one [coronavirus] outbreak we are getting a huge burst of questions from people who want to leave the city,” he said.

‘This is such a peaceful, private and quiet location. If you can work from home five days a week, it doesn’t get any better than Avalon.’

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