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This Reno Gave a Victorian Cottage Glossy, Open Interiors

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Photos via Houzz

If there was an international committee created to promote the open floor plan, this Victorian cottage in Sydney, Australia, would be its pretty spokesperson. After the interiors of this 19th-century dwelling were completely gutted—a job that included knocking down the walls closing in on the small, dark kitchen—the place seemed not only bigger and shinier, but also, in a way not totally unlike the "after" shots on weight loss or teeth whitening commercials, supremely happier. Architect Danny Broe splashed color on hard-edged surfaces, added a bay window to the back of the house (above), and created a patio out of the demolition refuse. Do have a look.

More before and after shots, over at Houzz.

· Sydney Victorian Cottage's Gets a Modern Makeover [Houzz]
· All Renovations posts [Curbed National]