Wooloowin House

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Location: Wooloowin, Brisbane
Client: Private Residence

Located in the north Brisbane suburb of Wooloowin, Kent Road residence is a contemporary extension to an existing character residential cottage. Originally constructed in 1906 and extended in the 1960’s the renovation included recladding and finishing the existing cottage, demolition of the ageing extension, and construction of a new two storey wing at the rear.

Important to the brief was that the character of the cottage was retained and that the extension utilised sympathetic materials to the original.  The response is a simple weatherboard clad extension broken from the original cottage by a louvered breezeway that extends into the rear yard of the small lot. A hint of the extension is visible from the street as it pears out from behind the cottage while the scale is restrained so as to not dominate original dwelling.

A strong connection between inside and out was an integral part of the design. Achieving this required fixed and sliding privacy elements to screen from the closely located neighbours. The bedroom and kitchen open to the backyard; enhancing views, breezes and light. Located along the edge of the bedroom is a hidden bath, opening to the landscaped backyard.

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