Remodelling: Wahroonga private residence, Australia

A 2,764.5 m2 residential complex in Wahroonga, in the Australian state of New South Wales, recently underwent a complete renovation programme involving all the residential parts of the site. The work also involved the addition of a totally new section, housing a five-room guest house, and the regeneration of the entire outdoor area, including the swimming pool surround, the extension of the existing deck and the construction of new perimeter walls.

Brindabella Renovations, a multi-award-winning Sydney-based company with over 25 years’ experience of home renovations, proved to be the ideal partner for the substantial project required by the home-owners.

John Spiteri, the Company’s Director, and the whole Brindabella team, worked in close partnership with Robyn Cote, an interior designer from Inspired Interiors, and LATICRETE, to meet all the home-owners’ requirements, including in relation to the indoor and outdoor tiling of the new unit and the restyling of the finishings in the existing spaces.

Design challenges

The biggest challenge was to keep the style of the new building as faithful as possible to the main structure, so that it would look seamlessly integrated into the original context, as though it had always been there. To achieve this, the roof-line was extended to join the two buildings by means of the covered deck, to make it look as though they had been joined from the outset.

Outdoors, an entire section of the old back garden was demolished to make way for the new building, which involved many hours of careful planning and constant work with on-site engineers to ensure the foundations would be rock-solid. The builders then had to prepare the sub-terrain around the swimming pool and carry out maintenance work on the natural marble, so as to be able to embellish the area with a wide variety of external stonework. Indoors, lastly, the layout and design of the bathrooms was completely overhauled, to bring them into line with the highest contemporary standards of styling and functionality.

LATICRETE’s solutions and input

Joe Tabone, LATICRETE’s Technical Sales Representative for NSW, was originally contacted by John Spiteri of Brindabella Renovations to help provide high-quality installation and treatment solutions to ensure long-lasting results.

We worked closely with Joe Tabone, to make sure we specified the correct solution for this job, explains Spiteri. “Given the scale of the job, it was really important that we made sure the site was properly prepared and the correct additives, adhesives and grouts were used to ensure the quality result we required. LATICRETE provided everything we needed, using its proven ordering process and comprehensive system. The work was finished on schedule and Joe visited the site on numerous occasions and was always available on the phone to provide assistance or answer questions.”

Brindabella Renovations chose a wide range of LATICRETE products for the project. HYDRO BAN® waterproof membrane was installed in almost all the indoor and outdoor areas, and 3701 Mortar Admix was used for the screeds

Off-white 335 adhesive was used for the exterior marble and the granite cobblestone driveway, and white 335 adhesive was used for the interior marble. 335 adhesive was also used for the bathrooms. On the strength of its excellent suitability for underwater applications, 254 adhesive was chosen for the pool tiling. The water feature was a major visual element within the project, so the contractors chose LATAPOXY® 300 adhesive to ensure prefect execution. To complete the installation, PERMACOLOR® Grout was used for the dry area applications and SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout was used for the wet areas, including the bathrooms.


Brindabella Renovation’s professional approach, painstaking design and expert installation, paired with globally proven LATICRETE installation materials, made for an effective partnership that yielded a flawless result for the home-owners.


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  • Architectural plan: Wahroonga private residence
  • Contractor: Brindabella Renovations
  • Construction team: John Spiteri & team at Brindabella Renovations
  • Distributor: Tile Tech Supplies
  • Photographs: Real Images
  • Interior Design: Robyn Cote – Inspired Interiors