OLD MEETS NEW
Working alongside the team at Nest Building, this project involved the restoration of a beautiful old cottage on Sydney’s North Shore, as well as a new contemporary rear and first floor addition.
The project’s focus centred on retaining the character of the existing street frontage, while at the same time creating a modern indoor-outdoor living space to the rear, including a new swimming pool and outdoor dining area.
Inspired by the charm of the existing street frontage, traditional techniques, materials were used to establish a natural continuity between structure and landscape. This included granite cobbles and tiles for paths and the driveway, hand-shaped sandstone walling, tuck pointed brickwork for the front façade, and tessellated tiles to the porch. Custom copper planters supplied by our friends at Gather Co. were also fabricated to mark the entry to the house.
At the rear of the house, limestone slabs were cut and laid in an arrangement reflective of the cosy inviting surrounds, and finer profile timber batten fencing was used to lend a distinctly contemporary finish to the entire design.
To round things out as a striking yet functional centrepiece, a narrow, linear pool fits effortlessly into the space beside the rear extension, while an outdoor entertaining area and integrated BBQ flow seamlessly inside via floor to ceiling sliding doors.
In the garden, an established Crepe Myrtle provides a soft dappled shade over the outdoor dining space, while the chosen sub-tropical planting palette offers a greater sense of privacy and calm throughout. And as you make your way upstairs, a rooftop garden of hardy succulent species can be enjoyed from the master bedroom.
We acknowledge the Cammeraygal People, the traditional custodians of the land and waters on which this landscape sits.