Renovating an Abandoned Warehouse Into a Modern Dream Home (House Tour)



Working together, Aldini and Isaac Group have turned an abandoned warehouse into a modern dream home. Sitting on a small plot of land, the warehouse was in dire need of a contemporary lift – therefore the employment of organic shapes, elements and materials became the key focus for both interior designer and builder. With a brief that only required the cathedral ceilings to be kept, the interior architecture was imbued with soft curves, natural shapes and materials, and a flood of natural light. In the end, the client’s home was turned into a modern dream home that would become a hub for connection, light and simple opulence.

Located in the inner west of Sydney, Emily House strikes an unassuming appearance with dark tones, leafy greens and a timber batten façade that hints at what is inside the modern dream home. Following the house tour inside, the front of the home contains the master bedroom and ensuite before offering a glimpse of the opulent kitchen – which is designed to be the hub for connection. While using marble, granite and terrazzo throughout the modern dream home to add an opulence, the elements of curved bamboo, which is seen in the bathrooms and on the kitchen island bench, is used to soften the hardness of these materials.

In the downstairs spaces, large steel windows, bi-fold doors and skylights have been installed to help bring more natural light inside while also adding to the sense of space inside. Following the kitchen’s marble bench top and dark palette cabinetry, the dining and living room reference the same colours through the furnishings and marble that has been employed on the shelving and fireplace. To combat the hard lines of the steel and marble, the softening of elements has been encouraged throughout the interior design, which is seen in the soft curving of the Venetian plaster wall above the fireplace. After the doors are opened, the courtyard helps to expand upon the liveable space and, with its terrazzo floor, curved seating arrangement and green wall the space, the downstairs living areas extend upon the client’s wish of creating a hub for connection.

Upstairs, the inclusion of two more bedrooms and a bathroom further employs the use of stone, light and a natural colour palette. Infused with natural light, the bedrooms offer guests an opulent stay that is reminiscent of five star hotels. Working together, the interior designer and builder established the modern dream home to become a space where the client could entertain. Additionally, the house is filled with a sense of softness – to which the client can find reprieve in the moments when it is needed.

00:00 – Introduction to the Modern Dream Home
00:25 – The Location of Emily House
00:38 – A Walkthrough of the Modern Dream Home
01:10 – Maximising the Previous Small Space
01:29 – The Builder
01:51 – Relationships and Working as a Team
02:14 – Utilising Natural Elements and Organic Shapes
03:10 – Elements of Softness and Curves
03:34 – Harnessing the Natural Light
04:02 – Favourite Parts of the Modern Dream Home
04:29 – Proud Moments

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Photography by Pablo Veiga.
Building Design by Precision Planning.
Interior Design by Aldini.
Build by Isaac Group.
Styling by Atelier Lab.
Electrical Engineering by ESV Solutions.
Filmed and Edited by O&Co. Homes.
Production by The Local Project.

The Local Project acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the land in Australia. We recognise the importance of Indigenous peoples in the identity of our country and continuing connections to Country and community. We pay our respect to Elders, past and present and extend that respect to all Indigenous people of these lands.

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