In 2013 we undertook a large restoration project in Castle Hill, NSW. 428 Old Northern Road was one of the original properties that were located on Old Northern Road, as it meanders up to Dural.
Old Northern Road is now laden with large mansions — all sporting grand views over the Sydney skyline.
After-shot; Heritage Cottage ‘Sandstock’ Brick Arch Repair, 428 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill
The owners had only just purchased the property that year and had immediately commenced aerating the subsoil conditions due to highly reactive clay being located thereunder. This had also caused the arch pictured above to fail.
As the Carpenters were ripping out the cornices and floor boards, we undertook the demolition, brick stitching and head lintel insertion into the round arch pictured. With rendered finish the owners were impressed in the quick turnaround and approached us to renovate the 350m2 heritage brick driveway — complete with radial.
After-Shot of brick driveway with the radial detail placed back in its original position
In addition to the driveway, and as it was all looking so good, the owners decided to go with some fairly chunky brick piers to hold up the slatted timber fence.
Front Shot. Images courtesy of L.J.Hooker (Thanks Mr.Hooker!)
Whilst excavating in front of the cottage, we discovered a hidden path. Pictured below in all of its restored beauty.
A new entrance deserved a new step with nameplate. We were only happy to provide these items free of charge.
Every ‘Good Manor” deserves a handcarved sign in 24ct Gold Leaf!
All in all, the owner was ecstatic with our efforts when the property, some 3 years , sold for a large return; approximately 40%… Not a bad heritage flip!
…and the aerial view is just as impressive..
To complete the blog piece, some ‘before-shots’…
You can just see the sandstone path buried…
Drab and Gloomy…
An old looking cottage
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