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Before and after: 1970s brick home gets groovy revamp

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A 1970s family home finds its full potential with a clever layout overhaul 

Lauren Tocchini grew up in a home with an open-door policy on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, where friends and family were always welcome. When she started her own family, this was the type of place she wanted to create.

When Lauren returned to the area with her English husband Jesse Stephens, after a decade of living in London, the couple surprised themselves with their timing – in June 2013 they not only found a great 1970s, five-bedroom brick home, with a pool, but it was also at an excellent price.

While the house had undergone a basic renovation, changes were on the cards. “We wanted to live in it for a year before making any big decisions about renovations, which was good as it became very clear quite quickly that the layout didn’t work,” Lauren explains.

Lauren engaged the services of local architect Rachel Hudson.

“Rach came back with two options: a cheaper bar counter and bifold option, and the one we have now, which was more expensive but a no-brainer – the layout solved all our issues,” Lauren says. “It created an open indoor-outdoor area and flow.”

Words & styling by: Natalie Walton; Photography by: Chris Warnes for Real Living

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