My wife found this glorious old house in a great location, with superb views and beautiful old trees.

The house was tired but had good bones. So rather than just knock it all down, we decided to redesign and rebuild it as beautifully as we could imagine – paying special attention to incorporating the trees.

We knew it would be a challenge.

There was no real budget, nor a time frame, nor a designer, and we would be absent for most of the project build. We knew that building a great house demands a great team.

We found our ideal designer in Grant Cheyne, who always listened carefully to our dreams and quietly and thoughtfully turned them into reality, adding new dimensions to them. His attention to detail was exquisite.

It was a great adventure. We wanted to be deeply involved, so we committed to coming to Australia for as many trips as it took to realise our dream. We were to spend a total of six weeks working on the current evolution of the house – on site every day, deeply involved with all the team. Each time, when everything was in place we would return to London, while the team just made it happen.

Each time we came back to Australia we would walk around, marvel at all the progress, then get right back to work. And so it went for 33 months. Now our dream house is complete. It is everything we hoped and dreamed it would be.

To Grant, Bellevarde Constructions and all the team members – you have our respect, our deepest gratitude and our affection. We now have this fresh, beautiful house, gorgeously entwined into beautiful old trees, looking out across Pittwater.

Francesco Boglione, Client

We were down sizing from a 3 level/4 bed/3 bath family home to a 100M2 apartment.

Our builder, Bellevarde Constructions suggested we call Grant.

The apartment was built in the 1960’s and needed a total renovation. 

We realised we needed a great, creative storage solution, coupled with room for our major pieces of art.

We are now amazed at the amount of space Grant has given us, the kitchen is a miniature marvel, yet the sense of space and airiness is totally pleasing. Grant also suggested paint colours and finishes that are sympathetic with the furniture we needed to hold on to.

Grant’s integrity of design and attention to detail has been most rewarding.

We are delighted with the result.

Samantha Spencer


…there’s an almost monastic restraint to the design of Rockpool… a kind of visual silence that is something of a rarity in an era plentiful with imagery and ideas.

Jury comment, Eat, Drink, Design Awards 2014

Not so much referencing the past as working with it, the thoughtful design of this pioneering and proudly Australian restaurant transforms the historic building into a TARDIS, ready to take fine dining into the future, and us with it.

Jill Dupleix, Artichoke June 2014 (issue 47)

Grant’s work ethic, talent and attention to detail is second to none and rivaled only by his commitment and ability to follow a job through and exercise loyalty and a responsible attitude throughout.

Neil Perry, Director, Rockpool Group 

The design is refreshing in it’s opulence, yet rigorous in its control. The result is a considered celebration of excessive embellishment, which must be applauded.

Jury comment, Victorian Architecture Awards 2011

A stunningly simple home that shows that a small budget is no barrier to quality.

Review of Warburton House in Inside Out Sept/Oct 2004

… some details are so obvious that one is surprised to see them here for the first time. Everything is worked out, everything is considered and conceived to be both pleasant and functional.

Review of Salons d’Hotes, Paris in Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, May 2003