An old repair shop is transformed into an eclectic home
Take inspiration from some of Australia’s best living spaces, featured in Sunday Life. A pair of architects have cleverly transformed an inner-Sydney repair shop into a stylish but still compact family home.
A modern, three-level, 2½-bedroom apartment in Sydney’s inner west. Prior to becoming residences, the building was a car repair shop.
Who lives here
Ruth Leiminer and Kieran McInerney, both architects, their children Finn, 14, and Tillo, 11, and
What we did
The original space was a 48-square-metre studio with a double-height ceiling and a mezzanine that could only accommodate a desk. Ruth and Kieran gutted the studio and added a middle level with two generous bedrooms and a bathroom. The third floor has an attic bedroom.
Our favourite room
Ruth adores the main bedroom, with sliding doors opening onto a balcony overlooking the courtyard. “I just love the view from the bed into the trees,” she says. “I feel so close to the sky.” Kieran opts for the living room: “It’s where we all are together. It’s snug and it’s always changing.”
“Newtown is cultural, with theatres and galleries nearby, and close to great parks for exercise and walking Gary,” says Kieran.
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