This was a run down 1970s beach shack that had good bones and an incredible view across Pittwater. The challenge was to retain its charm while upgrading. The external walls were painted a pale New England grey and the window frames painted in goose white.
I fell in love with the whitewashed truillis and the masserias in Puglia, and the olive groves. Inspired by this we were on a crusade to find a property such as Casa Olivetta that could be lovingly and sympathetically restored.
This property had a grand style – built from old wooden beams and pillars from Darling Harbour jetty. Well, that that was half of the house. The other half was built some years later not in keeping with the original rustic style.