Bar House Balgowlah Heights - New street facade image by All Australian Architecture

Bar House - Completed Renovation

Upper Level Addition + Home Renovation

This project involved an upper level addition where the footprint did not change. It was complicated by the fact that we could only build on the left half of the house, because the remainder was already 2 storey at the front.

Original home

Architect's design

Bar House Balgowlah Heights - Completed Front Facade

Project Details

Completed 2006


  • Site area 618 sqm
  • Existing floor area: 173 sqm
  • New floor area: 238 sqm
  • Construction Cost: $350k +
  • Builder: Howard Punshon 02 9905 0233


Concrete slab, rendered brick, Ritek roof


Sited on a sloping block, this existing 1960's red brick, single storey house with a garage under half of the level, required an additional storey to incorporate two new bedrooms and family room. Issues arose around Council height controls, which limited the number of storeys to two. These restrictions meant that only half the house could have the additional level.


The existing house had a poor relationship to the site sitting over 1 metre above the natural ground level limiting flow to outdoor areas. It also comprised of smaller sized rooms but had a recently refurbished interior and kitchen area.

The house was totally transformed with existing rooms re-organised over the lower level and the second level extension completely intergrated to create a substantial and contemporary home.

The new upper level incorporated two additional bedrooms, new bathroom, and large family room with a north facing balcony. The lower level living areas were opened out onto the front terrace with new doors and larger windows. The rear yard was terraced to allow flow from the interior to a new outside deck and the existing red brick was rendered and transformed to complement the new upper level extension. This project is a great example of a successful combination of a classic style home and modern addition.

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Bar House Balgowlah Heights - Renovation

Bar House Balgowlah Heights - Side View