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Inspired by tansu chests and raw materials that show patina, a pair of Sydney-based architects renovated their own home—slowly.

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  Wilkin and Pini hired Longma Joinery to build custom cedar windows and doors for their 270-square-foot addition.
    Wilkin and Pini hired Longma Joinery to build custom cedar windows and doors for their 270-square-foot addition.
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  The delicate wooden dowels, used both on the exterior facade and the mezzanine level balustrade, are nods to the bamboo fences traditionally found in tea gardens.
    The delicate wooden dowels, used both on the exterior facade and the mezzanine level balustrade, are nods to the bamboo fences traditionally found in tea gardens.
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  Wilkin and Pini, together with their children Ava and Tom, sit at a dining table made from black heart sassafras, an Australian wood.
    Wilkin and Pini, together with their children Ava and Tom, sit at a dining table made from black heart sassafras, an Australian wood.
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  The kitchen is built from hoop pine plywood, including the countertops and front of the refrigerator. The leather drawer-pulls will patina over time.
    The kitchen is built from hoop pine plywood, including the countertops and front of the refrigerator. The leather drawer-pulls will patina over time.
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  The addition’s most eye-catching feature is the steel staircase with recycled blackbutt wood treads. The bottom steps double as benches to supplement the six Arne Jacobsen Series 7 dining chairs for Fritz Hansen and a Nomos table base by Sir Norman Foster for Tecno.
    The addition’s most eye-catching feature is the steel staircase with recycled blackbutt wood treads. The bottom steps double as benches to supplement the six Arne Jacobsen Series 7 dining chairs for Fritz Hansen and a Nomos table base by Sir Norman Foster for Tecno.
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  The steel-and-wood stairs lead to the master bedroom and study.
    The steel-and-wood stairs lead to the master bedroom and study.
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  Like many traditional Japanese bathrooms, Wilkin and Pini’s is clad almost entirely in wood.
    Like many traditional Japanese bathrooms, Wilkin and Pini’s is clad almost entirely in wood.
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  Tom’s compact bedroom feels much larger thanks to interlocking shelves and storage. The plywood bed and surrounding shelv­ing were custom-built by Wilkin and a hired carpenter.
    Tom’s compact bedroom feels much larger thanks to interlocking shelves and storage. The plywood bed and surrounding shelv­ing were custom-built by Wilkin and a hired carpenter.

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