SRG House Balmain

Location: Balmain, New South Wales

Architect: Studio Johnston

Completed: 2021

Products used: Cork Wise Flooring in Original Shell

 

A legacy restored through light materials and geometry

The project: 

An architectural love for light, landscapes, and the heritage and history of this home sparked a respectful conversion by Studio Johnston co-founder and director Conrad Johnston. Originally conceived and built in 1972, SRG House is an impressive three stories semi-embedded into a steep Sydney harbourside. Despite outdated 80s renovations, the home’s solid structure and distinctive stepped design offered a promising foundation for renewal. 

The brief: 

Led by Conrad’s creative direction, Studio Johnston was tasked with a thoughtful reimagining of SRG House. The brief called for additional living spaces while retaining a narrative between the home, its environment, the surrounding neighbourhood, and the landscape’s natural beauty. Achieving this restoration required the utmost respect for the home’s original character. Preserving the flow of light, the use of natural materials, and the modernist spirit were all high priorities.

Retro texture, colour, and warmth with modern comfort

The solution: 

The renovation began by stripping back the building’s layers to reveal its raw concrete shell—a blank canvas for a new material palette. Studio Johnston selected warm, earthy elements like cork and timber to channel a retro spirit with contemporary sensibilities. 

Large windows and an open floor plan aimed to make the most of the natural light and welcome bright, open living spaces. These sun-drenched rooms are seamlessly connected to gardens and breathtaking harbour views. Famously, Cork Wise flooring thrives in both sunlit spaces and under ambient lighting, adding richness and texture to SRG House any time of day. 

Despite the pivot from hard to soft, the focus remained on amplifying the home’s natural assets: light, views, and a prolific design era. Anchored by timeless materials, SRG House is a space reimagined for the future yet forever tethered to its heritage. 

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michele rossiter
michele rossiter
2023-11-30
My experience with this wonderful company after 18 months of dealing with tradesman, from an insurance claim ,who ruined my floor with poor workmanship I went to see Gary and his team of professionals for help Raz was our saviour from our first meeting in my home to the finished product he was amazing I recommend this company to everyone for their knowledge and expertise The lovely James and his team who layed the floor with incredible skill workmanship we thankyou so happy and my home looks amazing
Jenny J
Jenny J
2023-05-23
At every step these guys were responsive, informative and efficient - just great to deal with!
Chester Brewer
Chester Brewer
2023-03-14
TMB timber has the best quality and design door for great price, after struggling with special order prices at bannings, door galore and door plus I was able to buy same door that’s 2k or more for an affordable price at TMB. Thanks Amarjit for great communication and advice,
Andrew Wilson
Andrew Wilson
2022-11-28
Rez Rezak and his team were totally professional. They supplied and laid our cork flooring without any hassles at all and were simply superb to deal with. Highly recommended.
Blake Boughton
Blake Boughton
2022-11-26
Spoke with Rez - Right off the bat it was fantastic customer service, even considering what I was after was quickly realized as far outside of my current budget for the project at hand. With the service I received over the phone however, I'm certainly thinking of spending some extra money through Market Timbers for a much higher quality panel. I mean, that IS what they do! Rez helped outline a panel that would work for me and quoted me a price, we had a discussion around the timber and some of the services they would be able to provide when it came to my new home office desk project. What I appreciate even more than what many would call the 'Standard customer service experience' was that he took the time to answer some of my more newbie questions and explain things for me. I'm far from familiar with any kind of woodwork; projects in Highschool are probably the most recent I've worked with any kind of wood. (Highschool certainly lifetime ago) Rez did a brilliant job of assisting me; with both his patience for my questions and the quality of his woodwork knowledge it provided me with some much-needed direction on my new desk project. From a slightly hungover Saturday morning call that could have gone any way - it was a fantastic experience. 10/10 would recommend giving the blokes down at Market Timbers a buzz if you've any timber related projects coming up!
Emma O
Emma O
2022-07-11
Excellent service from Rez, Andrew and co, from the first enquiry to the finished cork floor. Really appreciated the attention given to a small job like ours. Would definitely use Market Timbers again.
Ferenc Jakab
Ferenc Jakab
2022-05-05
The cork flooring is a fantastic product. We are situated 5 hours from Melbourne but Asad made our purchase easy, with technical advice, sending samples, helping us to estimate the quantity of flooring needed and arranging freight, which isn't easy at our location. Happy to recommend Market Timbers and their products.
Sophie Allan
Sophie Allan
2022-03-02
Asad and the team at Market Timbers have gone above and beyond to help us with lovely cork tiles for our renovation. Even though ours was a pretty small job they gave us great service and even located extra stock of a sold out product for us when we unexpectedly fell short with our original order. Highly recommend Market Timbers.
Jeffrey Moon
Jeffrey Moon
2022-02-21
Great advice and communication. Asad and the team were excellent. Delivery was on time, the driver was friendly and helpful. Really happy with the timber quality. A great experience all round.
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