Formerly dilapidated and damp, the rejuvenation of this quaint cottage required rebuilding almost every element of the original structure whilst retaining character and restoring a sense of warmth and welcome.
The dwelling now includes 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus powder room, study, open plan kitchen, living, dining, walk in pantry, laundry, locker room and additional living room on the first floor.
Despite the limitations of the narrow site, the design of the extension and addition has achieved ample natural light into previously dark corners of the cottage. Upon entry a sky light in the locker room drops light into the hall, further along a fully glazed lightwell serves the study nook under the stairs and at the rear of the building, floor to ceiling sliding doors connect the interior with the outdoor space.
Careful and considered use of limited space was critical in the design. Functional storage and work spaces have been achieved as well as zones for both retreat and for gathering. The palette is purposefully restrained with investment in key materials such as natural stone and timber, concrete, glass and steel. The result is a space that makes visitors feel welcome and the owners restored.