Project: In this project the owners decided to renovate rather than demolish this timber cottage in the Naremburn Conservation area. Previous changes to the old house over the years pushed it far beyond the point where faithful restoration was a feasible option. The original verandah was enclosed, some internal walls removed and an addition constructed with odd pitched roofs. The interior spaces had no relationship with the private rear courtyard.
A loft addition relocated bedrooms and a bathroom above the rear of the house made more living space available at ground level with a direct relationship to the rear courtyard. The loft style not only used space efficiently, but also preserved the scale and pattern of the streetscape. The exterior form and materials of the house reflect contemporary ideas while contributing to the surrounding heritage buildings.
Design: 2006 – Winner of Willoughby City Council’s Heritage Design Award for Infill development.
Construction: completed 2007