OLD MEETS NEW
We acknowledge the Cammeraygal People, the traditional custodians of the land and waters on which this landscape sits.
Working alongside Nest Building, this project saw the restoration of a beautiful old cottage on Sydney’s North Shore, as well as a new contemporary rear and 1st floor addition. Key drivers were to retain the existing character of the street frontage, while creating indoor-outdoor living to the rear, including of a new swimming pool and outdoor dining area.
Traditional techniques, materials and formats were used in the front of the property including granite cobbles and tiles for paths and the driveway, hand-shaped sandstone walling, tuckpointed brickwork for the front façade, and tessellated tiles to the porch. Custom copper planters were fabricated to mark the entry to the house, supplied by Gather Co.
Limestone slabs, cut and laid in a crazy format and finer profile timber batten fencing was used to clearly define the rear style as contemporary. A narrow, linear pool fits neatly into the available space beside the rear extension, while the outdoor entertaining area and integrated BBQ connects seamlessly with the indoor via floor to ceiling sliding doors.
An established Crepe Myrtle provides shade over the outdoor dining, while a sub-tropical planting palette was selected to create privacy from the neighbouring properties. A rooftop garden consisting of hardy succulent species is viewed from the upstairs master bedroom.