Why consider a staged renovation?

A staged renovation can be an affordable option to consider when redesigning your home. By engaging an architect and investing in a masterplan, in the very early stages, will save time, money and the need to re-do any completed work further into the renovation.  If the renovation is completed over time, it eases the pressure on funds and keeping the overall design consistent, avoids loss of time and money by going back to the council to request modifications. Below is the story of a staged renovation recently completed in Freshwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches featuring before and after pictures.

See full project here


10 years ago, our clients in Freshwater approached Archisoul to design their new home. The existing house was a 1 storey red brick, with a renovated living area. The design brief included a new garage, a new basement and a new storey as a ‘parent retreat’.

The design process and approval were completed remotely through email and Skype calls as our clients were living in Canada. One year later they came back to Sydney to start the renovation, however as funds were short to complete the full renovation, they decided to stage it over the next few years!

In stage 1 a garage was built with a terrace and pergola above.

The new terrace and pergola.

The street view of the new garage

In stage 2 the basement, laundry, rumpus room, storage room and internal access to the upper level was renovated. As our clients had 2 young children, the rumpus room was seen as essential with the children, now teenagers, relishing in the downstairs area!

Internal new stairs to access the basement (and then upstairs)

In stage 3 the new storey was built.

New storey added by Bradstreet Builders

The final outcome dramatically changing the aesthetic of the original house!

Renovation completed with amazing before and after results!

Before: The existing house from outside 

After: Current house from outside  

 Since the renovation, the clients are in love with their new home. They tend to reside in the parents retreat upstairs which includes a home office, a living area and a small kitchenette. The new storey also has a terrace with views that reach the beautiful ocean!

For more photos of this newly renovated home, see the full project here or if you would like to more, please contact us at info@archisoul.com.au