Courtyard House by COX before the renovation.

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Before: The original terrace house was built in 1885. "Many people in the inner urban suburbs of Sydney in the interwar depression period ‘fled’ to the appeal of new, greener, outer suburbs," says Joe. "Many terraces in the inner city were abandoned, some became slums, and others were converted into boarding houses—like this one—sometimes quite aggressively and unsympathetically."