Keeping the cottage charm
WHEN designing the alterations for Sandy Bay’s Maritimo, architect Rebecca Fullerton aimed to create a beautiful family home while retaining all the elements of the home’s original charm.
The result has been not only a smart upgrade but the creation of a haven where the owner’s family will enjoy growing up.
Ms Fullerton said the philosophy behind the design was to retain the eclectic character of the Sandy Bay home and to show off its original features from various eras.
She said the aim behind this was to help explain the home’s historical story.
Ms Fullerton said the property was signifi cant in the locality and streetscape of its place.
“Retaining its aggregated form rather than adding- on another ‘ bit’ was important to its success,” she said.
The historical features and detail of this house have been maintained or reinstated.
Items such as the maids’ bells, timberwork and stonework have become features of the property.
“The materiality and detailing are simple and robust and in keeping with the original craftsmanship,” she said.
Retaining its aggregated form rather than adding-on another ‘ bit’ was important to its success
Ms Fullerton said opening up Maritimo’s dark, compartmentalised rooms, while retaining the original form, was a key priority.
She said the layout was altered to suit contemporary living, and it now has free fl owing living areas achieved through centralising the kitchen and opening up walls.
“The shape and size of the original rooms is evident and in- use despite there being a new spatial dimension,” she said.
The removal of paint from the sandstone facade and emphasising the corner of the house by reducing the veranda, allows a connection to the cottage’s original character.
“This was in acquiesce with the house’s history,” Ms Fullerton said.
The alteration work was completed by In2Construction.
Just some of the other features in the property’s renovation include the reuse of the rear veranda’s roof structure, timber flooring, v- jointed wall linings and weatherboards.
The insulation of the roof, ceiling, veranda walls and floor and the installation of doubleglazed windows all contribute to preventing heat transfer and reduce heating costs.
New doors and windows have also been sealed to prevent infiltration.
This has also allowed natural light and winter sun to filter into the house
The gas hydronic heating system is also an efficient way to heat the large amounts of thermal mass within the interior of the home and its large spatial volume.
Ms Fullerton said the incorporation of a large bi- fold window to the kitchen and opening up the floor plan allows greater cross ventilation and cooling throughout the building.
“This has also allowed natural light and winter sun to filter into the house and give greater amenity to its occupants,” she said.
“Finishes with a low or nil volatile organic compound content were specified such as a hardwax oil floor finish and water based twopack joinery paint.
“This combined with good ventilation has ensured that the internal air quality is healthy.”
This project has been nominated in the residential architecture alterations and additions category in the Tasmanian Architecture Awards.
To vote for the people’s choice prize, visit architecture. com. au/ events/ state- territory/ tasevents- awards.
Voting for the people’s choice award closes on June 18.
OLD MEETS NEW: Original features have been kept while modern elements added to allow a light- fi lled kitchen and living space.
ORIGINAL CHARM: Above, sandstone is a feature both inside and out; timber floorboards were given a hardwax oil finish; the corner of the house was emphasised by reducing the veranda.