… a clas­sic re­furb of a typ­i­cal in­ner-city cot­tage.

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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.”

WORDS MARGIE FRASER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY CHRISTO­PHER FRED­ER­ICK JONES

Gar­den room …( above and main) The pos­sumproof din­ing space and ( in­set) the orig­i­nal frontage.

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