The River House






Vivian, her husband David and two children


In Progress

Brief: A relaxing home by the riverside nestled amongst bushland and enjoying peaceful panoramic water views

“Home is where our story begins…” – Unknown

Located by the peaceful riverside in Sydney, this unique home has undergone and extensive renovation. The project wasn’t for the faint hearted, with building materials and furniture items having to arrive by river barge, or strapped to an inclinator lift, and then carried by hand to the property. It was a challenge we were up for to create a home for our boys and our family to enjoy. The home allows for another lifestyle for our family, a simpler way of living amongst nature and where food can be grown and picked from the garden and exploring the bushland or venturing out onto the water is encouraged.

The property sites against sandstone rock over two storeys. The bottom floor has been transformed into a master retreat with the living spaces and children’s bedrooms upstairs. By the riverside sits a boathouse lovingly restored and a place to escape to by the river.

The house offers incredible panoramic views of the river inviting you to look beyond. There is no television (at least for now) with the sounds of the bushland and the river keeping us company. The interior is decorated in a Hamptons / Island feel with plenty of greenery both inside and out. The exterior  has been clad in weatherboard and the interior of the home painted a fresh white both on the floors and the walls.

A new kitchen has been designed with white shaker style cabinets, elegant marble and brass hardware and blue rattan kitchen stools by a breakfast bench offering a casual place to have meals. The main bathroom has also been updated with white penny tiles lining the floor and walls, combined with white finger tiles for a subtle difference, new vanity and brass tapware to complete the space.

Soft white French linen sheets and feather down bedding provide a luxurious place for our family to rest and rooms extend to a large deck whereby we can soak up the views with a coffee in hand. This home has been designed with our family’s needs in mind but it offers us so much more – it’s a new lifestyle.

“Don’t be afraid to shake up your life and try a different, simpler way of living. If you have a beautiful and peaceful place to relax, your favourite people in your life and good food – what more do you need?”

– Vivian Panagos, designer and client

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