A simple worker’s cottage from the street, there is more to this home than its façade belies.
The home’s exterior is true to the Queenslander style, with wide wooden verandahs wrapping the front and sides. Behind the white wooden front door, a transformation has taken place upgrading the spaces and adding a modern touch. The sophisticated, architectural renovation and extension has made this home into a sublime all seasons haven, while maintaining period elements of the home’s heritage.
The original structure maintains elements synonymous with the time in which it was built. Wooden floorboards, VJ walls and ornate light fittings, together with the architectural elements built in to the original design, remind of the home’s history. Within this original space, some rooms have been updated, particularly the bathrooms which now boast a chic colour palette of grey tones with rose gold accents. This is to be expected, as a modern home is not considered luxurious without a contemporary bathroom. The main bedroom is spacious and grand, including an ensuite with walk-in shower and separate bath.
Beyond the bedrooms, at the rear of the home, is where the most change has taken place. A large entertaining pavilion forms part of the new extension, acting as an outdoor living room and adding extra space to the residence. Wooden floors from the interior of the house are extended here, providing harmony between the two distinct areas. Covered for all-season use, the space catches the afternoon sun in winter, and provides shade during the warmer months. Doors around the space open wide to create a flow between indoor and outdoor living.
This pavilion acts as a bridge between the old and the new, crossing from the original structure to the new interior spaces. On the other side of the deck is the main living hub, separated from the bedrooms. Completely open plan, the space fluidly transitions from living to dining to kitchen. The design aesthetic is rustic industrial luxe, with a simple modern look. Pared back, when compared to the interiors of the original home, the extension features a neutral colour palette, with plasterboard walls. Polished concrete floors run the length, uniting the rooms. The kitchen features a central island bench, with black cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. Handleless cabinetry creates seamless lines, and raw timber accents add character to the space. The lighting too, is understated, with a feature light in the kitchen being the only bespoke feature. This contrasts with the original home which includes several intricate light fittings.
Outside the walls of the home, lush green, low maintenance gardens frame the building. An invitation to explore the gardens is offered from both the old and the new spaces; the front verandah leads onto the grass as does the new entertaining pavilion. The home is a stunning example of how modern conveniences and extra space to live and grow can be added to a period home without compromising the integrity of the original design.
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