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by the time we bought it was pretty much falling apart,” Mr Briese said.
Much of the old cottage — aside from the gorgeous timber cladding — was razed to make way for the new.
“We wanted to keep aspects of the old house because even in its decrepit state it was beautiful, we just needed to make it beautiful and liveable,” Ms Khoo said.
What emerged in its place was a three-storey modern home with two bedrooms and a study, two bathrooms and a powder room.
Aside from a balcony at the triangular tip of the home on the second floor, there is no outside space so Ms Khoo set about bringing the outside in.
The staircase, for example, has a green carpet, a kind of goat’s hair called Tretford, snaking up the three floors, and there are climbing plants at various intervals along the stairs to add some greenery.
“With the buckling stairs and the green carpet, we wanted to create a kind of magic carpet ride effect,” Ms Khoo said.
An aquarium in the open plan living and kitchen area adds to the sense of nature indoors.
“The shadows of the water reflect on the ceilings at a certain time of day which is beautiful,” Ms Payne said.
The ground floor is home to the second bedroom and a study, and leads to a basement bathroom with small windows that look out to the street at eye level.