Madeleine Blanchfield’s renovation creates stylish Paddington terrace that’s full of light


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The lower level of 116 Hargrave St, Paddington, opens to a pool.

King & Wood Mallesons partner Will McCosker, wife Sharon and their two boys are headed to Singapore so their super-stylish Paddington terrace is up for sale with The Agency’s Ben Collier.

It’s the new owner that stands to benefit most from the recent renovation of 116 Hargrave St by top-notch architect Madeleine Blanchfield.

Built over four floors, the entry level is the formal lounge and dining room, which has been freshened up and is light and bright.

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The previously dark cavernous kitchen (above) has been replaced with a light and bright cooking and dining space (below).

But Ms Blanchfield worked most of her magic on the lower entertainment level, which opens through timber doors to the north-facing pool.

When the couple bought the home — for $2,530,000 in 2013 according to CoreLogic — the dated timber kitchen and sandstone walls made this area appear dark and cavernous.

“There was this horrible terracotta floor,” says Ms Blanchfield.

The grand facade of 116 Hargrave St, Paddington (above) and the view from the balcony on the top floor (below).

What a view.

“Basically I put in a new kitchen and … opened the whole area up.”

Walls were ripped out, bathrooms replaced and stairs modified.

It’s full of light now and because the Hargrave St terraces are so elevated the outlook is just sky and trees, even from this low level.

Ms Blanchfield also added new joinery and lighting throughout the house, including the bedrooms on the top two levels.

The entry-level rooms (above and below) can be used in a lot of different ways.

“Those entry-level rooms can be used in a lot of different ways — and it’s pretty unusual to have a harbour view from the top floor terrace,” says Ms Blanchfield.

From that terrace, you can also see the walls of the four-level former antique emporium a few doors away that Atlassian billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes sold for $10.4 million — through Collier — in 2015.

Subject to council approval, the new owner may wish to reduce the size of the pool to create parking.

The bedrooms are on the top two levels.

As Ms Blanchfield says: “This is a very grand terrace with great proportions in a terrific street — it’s got a lot going for it.”

Mr Collier adds: “Thanks to Madeleine Blanchfield’s reno, this beautiful home has endless sunlight and there are iconic views from the top floor.”

The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home goes to auction on August 17 with a price guide of $5 million.

The inspection times are Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, 9.45-10.15am.

Contact Mr Collier on 0414 646 476 or David Talone on 0432 606 101.

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