A sustainable redesign drops the cottage stereotype & lifts the Brompton bar. Mixing light-industry and out-of-the-box design, trust an eco-respectful architect to play them off in a reborn maisonette in the city’s vibrant inner-west.
Where raw, recycled, and rough edges run riot over a vintage white canvas, flipping the cottage script for a sustainable passion project exposing its eco-centric function like a Rolex.
Enlisting local trades and artists, it begins with the master and its skeletal walk-in robes, ensuite, and an enchanting call-out to kids – a Harry Potter bedroom turn full-scale library.
And nowhere does the organic addition impede on the original construction.
As it extends, so does the light. The central fireplace splices the living room and study where a skylit 5.5m void conceals a loft bedroom.
Below the gantry with Jam Factory hand-blown light fixtures, a robust kitchen hosts Canadian Maple bowling alley benchtops, a variety of hand-selected timbers, off-form concrete, and plate steel splashbacks.
Nearby, the external wall’s “extra skin” conceals the power and services as it frames the French door to the carport.
But the conservatory with its twin polycarbonate skinned roof, passive air flow and northern light is 24/7 perfect – magnificent under rain – casting all angle views from the day bed, food prep station, and pizza oven, its glazed walls fixating on a backdrop of street art.
The home and rear studio are offset maximising garden space; the architect’s outlet born from the original workshop enjoying constant light from its glazed roof.
But why stop there? Next, is a guest retreat or Airbnb income, offering in-floor heating, kitchen, and a combustion fire, set privately amongst nature as nature gets busy.
Dense gardens cross a pond to expansive decks shaded in stone fruit, citrus and deciduous trees – an eco-haven producing more than just winter sun and summer shade…
Then, there’s back to earth bathing – indoors and out – under exposed copper piping, against a basin of in situ poured concrete, the run-off feeding 4 varieties of reeds along the conservatory floor recycling grey water, while you watch it all happen.
Unique. Organic. And not at all what you’d expect.
C1923 sustainably renovated cottage
610sqm of raw, honest & organic living
5kw solar electrical system
Split system cooling
Garden conservatory living with pizza oven
Recycled timber decking & outdoor shower
Detached suite with kitchenette & in-floor heating
Cleverly engineered recycled irrigation
Nest or gather – a home nurturing both
Bring the chickens…
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 2
- Car spaces: 2