Featured on Houzz / Enmore House

It’s always nice to revisit completed projects.

This week we sat down with Vanessa from Houzz to discuss the design intent behind Enmore House.


A Semi-Detached Home in Sydney Maximised for a Growing Family

Like so many east-coast city homes, this three-bedroom semi just hadn’t caught up with the times. It was dark, disconnected from the courtyard and too small for a family of four, including two teenagers. To connect the living spaces to the rear courtyard, architect Amrish Maharaj Architect redesigned the rear of the house, and gave the parents a private upstairs retreat.

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Featured: Muriel / Lunchbox Architect

On some narrow, inner-city sites it's inconceivable how it's possible to create a light-filled and spacious family home. And it doesn't get much more narrow than 3 metres. At this Newtown home in inner Sydney, Amrish Maharaj Architect has pulled it off...

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DA Approved: Erskineville


We have received Development Approval for this first floor addition in Erskineville.

Although the approval was not a simple linear process, we very much enjoyed working with City of Sydney to get the best possible outcome for the owner, neighbours and heritage conservation area.

The proposal includes internal alterations to the ground floor, and a new first floor addition containing two bedrooms and a bathroom.

The brief for this project was driven by a restricted budget. Working closely with a builder, we have developed a simple strategy to minimise excessive structure, and presenting economical building materials in a contemporary way.

The proposal makes the most of the tight site, by opening the existing living and dining areas to the otherwise unutilised side pathway, giving a seamless open feel to otherwise internal rooms.

We are currently working on the Construction Certificate and Construction Documentation stages, and expect to be on site very soon!

Inner West Council now 100 per cent divested from fossil fuels

An impressive initiative by Inner West council to move towards a greener future.

‘ Council committed to becoming fully invested in non-fossil fuel funds at its first meeting following the 2017 election. The achievement of 100 per cent divestment from fossil fuels is well ahead of schedule.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said that Council was determined to take a national leadership role in sustainability.

“Being the first Council to become 100 per cent divested from fossil fuels is a significant step forward in achieving Council’s renewable energy goals.

“Transferring all of our investments into non-fossil fuel funds is a moral act but also a financially prudent one. We join a long list of organisations around the world that are making this environmental statement.

“We today call on the big four Australian banks and the NSW government to develop financial products that will allow more organisations to follow our lead.” '

Read the full article, and more intiatives on council’s website.

Complete: Kenneth

What started as a simple kitchen upgrade of the investment property for a lovely retired couple became an unforgettably personal experience, with the entire team of designers, consultants and contractors banding together when the client received a shock diagnosis, and ultimately lost his battle with cancer during the short build. The project, Kenneth, has been named in his memory.

Follow the link for more images and the full story of ‘Kenneth


Complete: Muriel

Excited to receive final images for ‘Muriel’ a 3m wide single storey semi-detached dwelling in inner-city Newtown.

The project has been named after the original owner, who we joked was watching over construction to enure an acceptable result. We assume, since the work was completed on time and budget that she approved the changes to her original home.

Follow the links to more images and the full story of ‘Muriel’.


DA Lodged: Platform House / Marrickville

DA lodged to Innerwest Council for Platform House, Marrickville.

The proposal includes an elevated dining extension that flows into a shaded deck that enjoys district views and blurs the lines between inside and out.


DA Lodged: Offset House / Ashbury

DA lodged to Canterbury Bankstown Council for an alterations and additions in Ashbury.

Work includes demolition of a poorly planned rear lean-to, and construction of a new kitchen, dining, living room, family bathroom, laundry / mudroom and study.

The design maximises light with large north facing roof windows, and enjoys a large daybed with garden outlook.


DA Lodged: Annandale Studio

A very exciting DA lodged to Innerwest Council today for a new 'Hempcrete' Granny flat in Annandale.

The building materials selected aim to create an energy efficient and sustainable home that will be exemplary to developments in the local area.

"I look at the range of materials out there and I cannot find one that can match HEMP. I can't find one that has such a low embodied energy, that locks carbon in [and] has such a low environmental impact." - Kevin McCloud

Advantages of Hempcrete include;

  • High Thermal Insulation

  • 50-80% energy savings

  • Fire proof

  • Termite Resistant

  • Breathable Walls

  • Prevents Mould

  • CO2 Sequestration (108kg/1sq.m)

  • Negative Carbon Footprint

  • Healthy Living Environment

  • Inherently Airtight

  • High Acoustic Performance

  • No Waste

  • Low Air Infiltration

  • Zero Land Fill

  • High Acoustic Performance

  • No Waste

  • Low Air Infiltration

  • Zero Land Fill

DA Lodged: Erskineville House

DA lodged to City of Sydney Council for Alterations and Additions to a dwelling in Erskineville.
The proposal includes a first floor addition containing two bedrooms, a bathroom and walk in robe / dressing room.

The project was heavily guided by a tight budget, and was therefore designed to allow maximum space with minimum cost.

Awards: HIA / NSW Housing Awards

Winner winner!

A huge congratulations to Chris, Gavin and the team at Riverside Building for their win for Enmore House on Saturday night.

A special thank you to our amazing clients who were instrumental in preparing the nomination.


Riverside are currently working on two more of our projects in Newtown and Dulwich Hill, with completion expected before the end of the year.

Construction: Newtown House 2

Concrete polishing is a delicate art that aims to find the fine line between not enough and too much. It results in a natural finish, which will add to the character of the interior.

Newtown House 2 aims to balance the textures of concrete and recycled brick with clean and simple lines to produce a warm, inviting and contemporary space.


Featured: Enmore House / Lunchbox Architect

A big thank you to Brodie, at the Lunchbox Architect for today's feature on Enmore House.

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If you haven't already stumbled across the Lunchbox Architect, I would definitely recommend subscribing. Great articles, photos and architectural drawings. It is a great resource for any designer, or owner looking for some inspiration.

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