@home Visits Elanora Heights in November

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The AAA @ home series of open houses will resume in November 2021. On Sunday 28 November enjoy a visit to the Northern Beaches Sydney suburb, Elanora Heights. Meet the architect (and AAA Vice President) Ben Gerstel and discover how the contemporary renovations and additions were designed to complement the original twentieth century Modernist home.

'Like most projects, you do not know what you are dealing with by way of the house and client brief until you go to the site and meet the clients', said Ben Gerstel.

As Ben drove up to the Elanora Heights residence for the first time, he was very excited and loved the look of the house and the existing roof line was impetuous for how the renovation would be resolved, the letter W.

The clients and architect were definite that the character of the existing house was to be maintained and enhanced. The house was to be a family friendly home for a young family to grow up in. The renovation resolution for the design was to locate the private spaces or bedrooms at the front of the house and locate the public spaces kitchen / dining / living at the back of the house, all opening onto a deck and the backyard

The original entry was on the right side of the house and really was like the back door to the house. The new entry was relocated to the left side of the house, through a courtyard.

Everyone enjoyed working on this project especially David, the owner, as he was the carpenter on the project.

Don't miss out on seeing this northern beaches home. Numbers are limited, so book early.


Ben Gerstel Architecture was established in 1997 and is based in Castlecrag. Working as a sole practitioner, Ben's practice specialises predominately in residential design, from alterations and additions through to new residences.

Ben is the Vice President of the AAA and has developed several architectural walking tours for the Association. His extensive historical local knowledge of Sydney architects and architecture is demonstrated through a variety of articles that have been published in the local media.

Location: Elanora Heights, NSW
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Date: Sunday 28 November 2021
Tickets: $35 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $30 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this private residence, numbers are limited.
Book your place on the tour, click here.

Please Note:
Due to Covid-19, we follow all current NSW Government health requirements. All Participants will have to be fully vaccinated to attend the event and masks will be required. If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend.

All attendees will be reminded to practise social distancing of 1.5metres from one another on the day and you will be asked to use the hand sanitisers on entry to the house.

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  • Article: Annette Dearing 
  • Images: Elanora Heights Residence designed by Ben Gerstel Architecture (Photographer: Annette Dearing)