A fam­ily af­fair

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - Jar­rad Be­van Any­one in­ter­ested in putting their own home up for con­sid­er­a­tion for house of the week can email jar­rad.be­van@news.com.au

WHEN Sue and Kim New­stead fi rst looked at buy­ing a her­itage- listed cot­tage in Bat­tery Point, its pokey lit­tle nook sun­room was, un­for­tu­nately, a deal- breaker.

A whole year went by be­fore the cou­ple changed their minds and moved into the charm­ing Kelly St property.

To­day, the home’s glo­ri­ous new sun­room ex­ten­sion has changed the way they live.

Two of the New­steads’ sons – builder Ni­cholas and ar­chi­tect Giles – worked with their par­ents to trans­form the 1850s house.

Kim said his brief for the ex­ten­sion was to build a new sun­room that fi t with the orig­i­nal house, to use tim­ber ex­ten­sively – the house now fea­tures cel­ery top, black­wood, sil­ver­top ash and ore­gon – and to take some infl uence from Ho­bart’s Long Gallery.

It was im­por­tant to the New­steads to be re­spect­ful of the orig­i­nal home but im­prove it with mod­ern, en­ergy- effi cient de­sign prin­ci­ples and tech­niques.

“Even though the house is 175 years old, it now has a six- star rat­ing,” Kim said.

Giles, as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of Dock4 Ar­chi­tec­ture, said when work­ing on a mod­ern ex­ten­sion of a her­itage property, there are al­ways ex­tra de­tails to con­sider.

“Just one ex­am­ple is a for­mer ex­te­rior wall and a win­dow that we wanted to not only pre­serve the in­tegrity of, we also wanted to high­light it by strip­ping back the wall’s paint and lift­ing the roofline above the win­dow to show­case it,” he said.

When de­sign­ing the ex­ten­sion, Giles kept the roofline low but cre­ated high sun­room ceil­ings by dig­ging into the back­yard.

The property’s new so­lar pan­els and so­lar hot wa­ter are hid­den from view, un­less a vis­i­tor knows ex­actly where to look, on tippy toes, while in the court­yard.

Giles de­signed the new room as a “heater” for the orig­i­nal house.

He said homes of this vin­tage could be cold and shaded.

“We have used a fan to pull air from the light-drenched sun­room and then pump it into the re­main­der of the house,” he said.

Kim said the sun­room’s so­lar pas­sive de­sign “works a treat”.

“With the dou­ble glaz­ing, fl oor heat­ing, dark ce­ramic tiles, it is a heat bank,” he said.

Kim said the house con­struc­tion was amaz­ingly thick with 550mm walls.

He said all of the win­dows were sealed by Seal a Sash com­bined with shut­ters that give al­most the same per­for­mance as dou­ble glaz­ing.

“Our ad­di­tion to my par­ent’s home has fun­da­men­tally changed the way they live for the bet­ter,” Giles said.

“It’s now warm all year round and it has an at­trac­tive open­ness that links from the sun­room into the court­yard.

Giles said some­times an ex­ten­sion of this kind will feel like two sep­a­rate parts that don’t ever cross over. One stops, the other starts.

“We used the same sand­stone pavers in­side and out to blur the line from the court­yard pa­tio into the sun­room, while also cre­at­ing a sand­stone bench seat,” he said.

Kim, 69, and Sue, 70, are both re­tired, for­merly work­ing as a teacher and busi­ness con­sul­tant.

This property was sup­posed to be a “down­size”, how­ever it has be­come a four- bed­room home with a study, den, the ex­pan­sive sun­room and two bath­rooms.

Kim has dug deep into Ho­bart’s his­tory in re­search­ing their cot­tage.

He is not cer­tain if Cap­tain James Kelly ever lived in the cot­tage, but he was granted land in the area by Gover­nor Ge­orge Arthur.

“I have been told that when the Bat­tery Point ship­yards were short on work, the yard own­ers used ship­wrights to build cot­tages in the area, ei­ther on spec or to ac­com­mo­date the ship­wright fam­i­lies – I think this house may be one of these,” he said.

Kim and Sue have owned about 10 houses and built two, but the Kelly Cot­tage is a fi rm favourite.

“With the mix of her­itage and mod­ern liv­ing, this is the nicest one we have ever lived in,” Kim said.

Sue agreed, al­though she had to pause for a mo­ment to con­sider their wa­ter­front property at Clifton.

“I have an ac­tive life­style in­clud­ing bike rides and art, and liv­ing in the city is much bet­ter suited to that,” she said.

“And people drop in here all the time, which is lovely.”

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