… a classic refurb of a typical inner-city cottage.
Ayoung couple awaiting the birth of their daughter (now a year old) coveted their neighbour's house from the rental property next door. “We'd always enjoyed looking over this beautiful overgrown garden with its giant jacaranda,” says one owner of the site in inner-city East Brisbane. “So as soon as it came up for sale, we grabbed it.”
The couple commissioned architect Shane Thompson to renovate and extend the property. “Our driving force was to make a treehouse, and bring the outside in,” they say. Thompson describes it as “a classic refurb of a typical inner-city cottage”, adding a master bedroom and ensuite at the rear as well as an outdoor dining room. The room's battens keep possums out and it opens to the garden a few steps down through bifold doors. Both architect and client were keen to retain the proportions of the original home, and to connect and integrate the spaces.
Interior designer Alexandra Ponting of AP Designs also helped unite the aesthetic
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attention to detail such as the lime-washed kitchen joinery. A butler's sink and Carrara marble benchtops sit under a sunken ceiling
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“I wanted the kitchen to respond to the treehouse brief,” says Ponting. “The timber grain shows through the lime wash, and subway tiles and industrial lightshades make it feel a bit earthy.”
Garden room …( above and main) The possumproof dining space and ( inset) the original frontage.