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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.  Courtesy of: Vang@taverne-agency.com
    Wilkin and Pini hired Longma Joinery to build custom cedar windows and doors for their 270-square-foot addition.

    Courtesy of: Vang@taverne-agency.com

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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.  Courtesy of: Vang@taverne-agency.com
    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.

    Courtesy of: Vang@taverne-agency.com

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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.  Courtesy of: Vang@taverne-agency.com
    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.

    Courtesy of: Vang@taverne-agency.com

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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.  Courtesy of: Vang@taverne-agency.com
    Like many traditional Japanese bathrooms, Wilkin and Pini’s is clad almost entirely in wood.

    Courtesy of: Vang@taverne-agency.com

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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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