More than a renovation, yet not quite a new build, the unfolding life story of 24 Makim St Balgowlah is there for all to see, incorporated in this sharply contemporary home.
Jo Ingelton, a former adverting executive and husband Darrin Ingleton a qualified stone mason, are not newbies when it comes to re-visioning homes, but this particular build was a first for them. It wasn’t just the elevated view that drew them to the post war bungalow, it was the outstanding sandstone features.
As it turns out this house, and its neighbour were the first home to be built on the brand new street. Ex Serviceman Ted and his wife Val, felt compelled to use the sandstone found on their block to create their new home, and Ted went about the arduous and exacting business of refining the stone and creating a grand entrance to the front door.
When the Ingletons bought the home, they knew the staircase and as much sandstone as possible would have to be retained and with help from architect John Bowry they created a home that enveloped the staircase into the first floor living area.
The rough hewn (albeit repointed by Darrin) texture, and golden warmth are contrasted and balanced brilliantly against the slick tile and glass format of the new building.
In fact the whole building is balanced well, the weight of the staircase balanced by multiple voids and clean white and black decor that allow the vast windows to stand out. The view from both levels of the house have wide elevated views, with the upper level’s even more imposing offering with no visible means of support from the hard edge finish of the glass.
Jo’s advertising styling has come to the fore with strong design decisions, such as the black master bedroom – which is as daring as it is delightful.
The modern conveniences of Corian benchtops, CIBO Design bathrooms and custom cabinetry are evident, yet do not detract from the homes sandstone core.
Rather than a mansion it is a clever and interesting home that intrigues the eye at every level while never allowing visitors to forget the home’s heritage. In fact, for those who wish to see the handywork of the original owner, step out to the rear garden path, and see his signature preserved right there, there in the concrete.
Ted never lived to soo the completion of his original home, but if there is any justice in this universe, he is able to see it now, in all it’s 21st century beauty.
Prue Miller writes for News Ltd