Take a new an­gle

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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.

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