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This new home in Millwater is proof that style and family living go together

Soft greys – from fog to thunderhead – team with wood and moody cement in a sophisticated, nuanced scheme in this beautiful Millwater home

Meet and greet

Joe Byrne, director of Byrne Homes, Lisa Byrne, designer at Byrne Homes, Sophie, 11, and Jack, 9, plus Molly the retrodoodle.

This new home in Millwater is proof that style and family living go together

Where have you saved money?
Lisa: Utilising Joe’s building skills to build items rather than buy them where possible, such as the outdoor kitchen, headboard, bedside tables, office furniture etc. Also I made most of the artwork and we did all the planting ourselves to save on labour costs.

Where have you splurged?
The size of the house (340 square metres), Italian tiles for the bathroom, large kitchen, extensive landscaping, window seat… The list goes on!

What was your best buy and why?
King Living sofas on special – most comfortable couches ever!

Best memory in your home?
The four of us relaxing in the spa pool and admiring the view on the night we moved in, knowing we could finally enjoy this house after all the time spent planning and building.

What would you never do again?
I’d do it all again in a heartbeat, but this is what we do for a living.

Best lesson learned?
Prioritise what is really important to you and your family as most budgets won’t cover everything on your wishlist.


Build cost – $780K
Interior decoration – $100K (breakdown below)
Landscaping – $20K
Total cost (exclu land) – $900K

Interior decoration
Kitchen – $40K
Living – $10K
Bathrooms – $30K
Bedrooms – $10K
Home office – $4K
Other – 6K

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Words by: Annick Larkin. Photography by: Emma MacDonald.

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