New Canterbury Terrace



  • Full Terrace Renovation
  • Natural Timber Restoration
  • Mixed Use Building
  • Design Facilitation
  • Design Support
  • Construction Facilitation
  • Construction Support

Reviving History: A Funky Transformation of an Original Shop Top Residence in Sydney’s Inner West

Step into a world where history meets innovation, and witness the remarkable revival of a once-dilapidated original shop top residence in Sydney’s vibrant Inner West. This project takes us on a journey of restoration, innovation, and the creation of a truly funky Inner West Terrace that embraces the unique taste of a young professional couple. From major structural issues to severe water ingress, the challenges were immense, but the vision was even greater – to transform this heritage gem into a modern haven while preserving its historical charm.

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A Hidden Gem Unveiled: The Original State

Before this ambitious renovation, the original shop top residence stood in a state of neglect, hidden behind layers of time-worn facades. The property’s structural issues were evident, and the relentless water ingress had taken its toll on the building’s integrity. But beneath the decay lay the potential for a breathtaking revival, awaiting the touch of the visionary owners.

The Owners’ Vision: Unique Taste and a Funky Terrace

The owners, a young professional couple with an unyielding passion for creativity and individuality, envisioned a home that would be a reflection of their eclectic taste and vibrant lifestyle. Inspired by the Inner West’s artistic community, they yearned for a fusion of vintage charm and contemporary flair – a place where the past met the present in a harmonious dance of design.

Beyond their desire for a spectacular residence, the couple also recognized the potential to generate passive income by leasing the ground-floor shop to tenants, further solidifying their position in the community they loved.

The Transformation: Breathing New Life

To breathe new life into the original shop top residence, the renovation team embarked on a meticulous process of restoration and innovation. Preserving the historical facade, they meticulously addressed the structural issues, reinforcing the foundation and ensuring the building’s longevity.

The interiors were a blank canvas, where creativity knew no bounds. Embracing the owners’ unique taste, the couple curated a stunning blend of modern and quirky decor elements. Each room exudes character, reflecting the couple’s personality and love for the unconventional.

A Fusion of Past and Present

The heart of the funky Inner West Terrace lies in its open-plan living area and kitchen. Here, a funky retro style kitchen meets dark oak floors, creating a dynamic interplay of textures. Heritage-style pendant lights dangle from the ceiling, casting a warm glow over the reclaimed floors. 

The living area boasts an eclectic mix of vintage ornate ceilings, restored and original doors and modern fixtures. It’s a space where conversations flow freely, and creativity finds its home.

The Master Suite: A Sanctuary of Serenity

Ascending the refurbished staircase, the master suite awaits – a sanctuary of serenity and comfort. The creative owners skill-fully merged modern conveniences with historic charm, allowing them to indulge in contemporary luxury while honouring the building’s heritage.

Refurbished floors and original skirting and architraves create an inviting ambiance, while the en-suite bathroom stuns with vibrant green tiles, a luxurious rain shower, and a restored vintage bathtub for moments of relaxation.

Passive Income and Community Connection

With the renovation complete, the owners are not only basking in the joy of their newly transformed residence but also relishing the prospect of passive income from the leased ground-floor shop. The Inner West community warmly welcomes the addition of a new local business, further enriching the area’s vibrant tapestry of creativity and innovation.

Conclusion: A Heritage Reborn

The transformation of this original shop top residence in Sydney’s Inner West is a testament to the power of vision, innovation, and skilled craftsmanship. From the depths of dilapidation to the heights of contemporary allure, this funky Inner West Terrace now stands as a cherished landmark in the neighbourhood, breathing new life into a rich historical legacy. As the young professional couple embarks on this new chapter in their lives, they have not only found a home that mirrors their unique taste but also a thriving connection to the community they hold dear.

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