This project involved the renovation of a double-fronted 1950s weatherboard cottage with the aim of highlighting some of the original features and to create a new bathroom, kitchen and outdoor deck. The client also wanted to open up the northwest façade to connect indoor living areas to the established garden.
Good existing details were maintained and highlighted, such as decorative plaster cornices, 1950s cabinetry and the main sandstone fireplace. New contemporary elements were added as simple architectural forms, including the kitchen island bench, the mirrored pantry, freestanding vanity and shower unit and new outdoor pergola. These elements are independent of the original fabric and therefore, as new, functional elements, complement the existing building.
Mirrors were used to reflect the garden back internally and to disperse light through the centre of the house. The stainless steel bench top adds solidity as well as functionality.
Red lacquer and multi-coloured mosaic tiles were incorporated to complement the 1950s feel of the house. The mixed hardwood deck and matching pergola soffit (ceiling) became a warm earthy element connecting the house to the garden.
Photographer- Sharrin Rees