MM+J Architects Pty Ltd
Manfredini McCrae Architects is a small practice specialising in residential work. The practice has been in operation since 2011, when Luisa Manfredini created a partnership with David McCrae to continue to provide architectural services for additions and alterations to houses, and apartment fitouts, as started by Luisa Manfredini in 2000. Several of her previous projects have successfully combined heritage with contemporary design. Manfredini McCrae Architects will continue this work, particularly in the Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore areas.
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Coogee, NSW, 2008
Additions and alterations to a California Bungalow house, including a new first floor, rear ground floor, pool and garage. One owner wanted to retain the original character of the house, the other preferred a clean contemporary feel. So the design combined the two, re-instating the character to the front of the house, and providing a contemporary addition at the rear. The two are connected by the roof, pitching from the existing house into a double skillion at the rear, concealing the new addition from the street. The rear Living areas are open and airy, with easy supervision of children playing in the pool and garden. The extendable awning provides sun and weather protection to the rear deck and house, and rainwater tanks provide recycled water for toilet flushing, laundry and the garden. The owners said they didn’t realise a house could give you so much joy!
Darling Point Apartment
Darling Point, NSW, 2006
Alterations to an apartment in two stages. Stage 1: a two bedroom apartment was fully refurbished to take advantage of north facing Sydney Harbour views. Living areas were moved towards the view with bi-folding doors installed to the balcony. New joinery utilised every centimetre of space. Stage 2: the adjoining unit was purchased to create a larger home. The common wall was removed, finishes and details matched with the Stage 1 work. The owners wanted warmth and colour whilst retaining clean contemporary lines.
Mosman, NSW, 2004
Alterations to a Federation house. Many original features had been covered or removed by previous owners. The external work included replacing the external brick skin, the timber cladding, some windows and the chimney stacks. Internally, new wallopenings allow light to the living areas whilst retaining the character of the rooms. A contemporary kitchen, bathrooms and fixtures were provided.