Owners transform 114-year-old home after finding a secret letter from original builders

You won't believe what's behind the front door: owners are transforming their 114-year-old heritage home after finding a secret letter written by the original builders

  • David and Bec Smith wanted to renovate their heritage home in Drummoyne, Sydney to modernize it
  • During the demolition phase they came across a hidden letter written in the wall by the original builders
  • It asked the couple to & # 39; remind them & # 39; and their work almost 114 years after they built the building
  • So the Smith family changed their plans, leaving the front and a & # 39; box extension & # 39; was created at the back
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Homeowners who wanted to update their 114-year-old monumental house were trapped in their tracks when they discovered a letter written by the original builders in 1902 and asked them to & # 39; remember them & # 39 ;.

David and Bec Smith had a well-defined vision for a dramatic, ultramodern renovation of their real estate in Drummoyne, Sydney, until they started demolishing it in 2016.

& # 39; Everyone who has undergone a renovation knows that plans are almost guaranteed to change suddenly, unpredictably, but we had no idea what we would find if we started and how much our plans would move & # 39 ;, Mrs. Smith told FEMAIL.

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Homeowners who wanted to update their 114-year-old monumental house were trapped in their tracks when they discovered a letter written by the original builders in 1902 - so they kept the facade as it is

Homeowners who wanted to update their 114-year-old monumental house were trapped in their tracks when they discovered a letter written by the original builders in 1902 – so they kept the facade as it is

The Smith family discovered a heart-warming letter hidden behind a wall and read: & # 39; This building was built by M. M. Haiges. Carpenter James Haston. Plastering Thomas Smart & Henry Glossip. Painter M. Swan.

& # 39; Think of everyone who finds this. 1902. & # 39;

The personal words encouraged the couple to maintain the framework of their original home – including the front – and to add a modern box-like back extension instead.

David used to define their modern aesthetic James HardieAxon vertical groove covering over the outside of the sub-structure.

The slim, wide, ultra-soft profile of this façade cladding improved the contemporary clean, sharp lines and simple shape of the construction.

To define their modern aesthetic, David used the Axon vertical groove cladding from James Hardie over the outside of the sub-structure
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To define their modern aesthetic, David used the Axon vertical groove cladding from James Hardie over the outside of the sub-structure

To define their modern aesthetic, David used the Axon vertical groove cladding from James Hardie over the outside of the sub-structure

The bedrooms are sleek and modern with a touch of gray to blend into the new extension

The bedrooms are sleek and modern with a touch of gray to blend into the new extension

The bathroom has a number of wooden elements

The bathroom has a number of wooden elements

The end result was a house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms with a second level that floats & # 39; above the outside space

The kitchen and living room (photo) lead to the entertainer's back garden with a swimming pool
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The kitchen and living room (photo) lead to the entertainer's back garden with a swimming pool

The kitchen and living room (photo) lead to the entertainer's back garden with a swimming pool

The end result was a house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms with a second level that floats & # 39; above the living area in the open air and provides shade and protection against the elements for those below.

& # 39; The & # 39; boxy-house trend & # 39; is striking and futuristic and adds a modern articulation to the shape of the house we love, & # 39; said Smith.

& # 39; Although stylish and unique, it also functions as a family-friendly area that is perfect for playing, entertaining, and relaxing. & # 39;

& # 39; The & # 39; boxy-house trend & # 39; is striking and futuristic and adds a modern articulation to the shape of the house we love, & # 39; said Mr. Smith (pictured in the living room and dining room)
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& # 39; The & # 39; boxy-house trend & # 39; is striking and futuristic and adds a modern articulation to the shape of the house we love, & # 39; said Mr. Smith (pictured in the living room and dining room)

& # 39; The & # 39; boxy-house trend & # 39; is striking and futuristic and adds a modern articulation to the shape of the house we love, & # 39; said Mr. Smith (pictured in the living room and dining room)

An entertaining deck and an outdoor swimming pool ensured excellent project finishes

An entertaining deck and an outdoor swimming pool ensured excellent project finishes

An entertaining deck and an outdoor swimming pool ensured excellent project finishes

The Axon cladding was carefully attached to the original brickwork and finished in a soft gray shade that complemented the existing brickwork.

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An entertaining deck and an outdoor swimming pool ensured excellent project finishes.

& # 39; Through architecture and design we have told a story about the passage of time. Your first welcome gives history and heritage, & said Mr. Smith.

& # 39; Just a few steps beyond these rooms is a modern, bright, open-plan living room that tells the new story that the Smith family is building together. & # 39;

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