60s Revamp

The original house was designed by acclaimed Australian architect Peter Johnson during the early 1960s.

Alterations and additions to the home were completed in 2012 and pay homage to the dramatic roof lines, materials, and relationship with the landscape of the original house.

Utz-Sanby Architects’ brief was to update and extend the existing house and to make the most of the unique location, adjoining bushland, and facing north.

The new additions come forward of the existing house and define the entrance.

The roofs over the verandah and bedroom wing pitch toward the north sun and bushland views.

The new butterfly roofs provide a visual counterpoint to the existing sloping roofs which follow the contours of the site.

The interiors have been updated, incorporating some of the unique details of the original, such as timber paneling, glass partitions, clerestory windows, and timber handrails.

The house is filled with natural light and the tree-top surrounds are as much part of the interior as the exterior.

Project Details

Project size – 214 m2
Site size – 609 m2
Completion date – 2013
Building levels – 1

Project Team


Utz-Sanby Architects

Utz-Sanby Architects has a broad range of experience and is interested in all types of architectural projects, including one-off houses, alterations and additions, heritage listed buildings, commercial premises, corporate fit-outs, multi-residential developments and re-use.



Marian Riabic

Marian is a Sydney-based architectural and drone photographer.

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