THE AR­CHI­TECT

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT - BY MARGIE FRASER

Athree-bed­room cot­tage perched high on a hill in Auchen­flower, in Bris­bane’s in­ner west, was the start­ing point for a fam­ily ren­o­va­tion project. Ar­chi­tect Julie Borgelt, of Borgelt and Craig, helped the par­ents adapt the home for their empty-nester needs, while re­tain­ing its orig­i­nal street-front charm. “The own­ers had lived in a big house on acreage in [outer-west] Brook­field for years,” says Borgelt, who had de­signed two pre­vi­ous houses for them, “but they wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence the con­ve­nience of be­ing closer to the city, and to the univer­sity for their two chil­dren.”

Her brief was to cre­ate a self­con­tained space for the come-andgo off­spring, or for guests, as well as pro­vide more liv­ing space for the par­ents. At the rear of the house, the land plunges away steeply and a city view is clear on one side. Borgelt kept the orig­i­nal cot­tage in­tact and adapted it as a par­ents’ re­treat, re­fit­ting two bath­rooms, es­tab­lish­ing a cosy sit­ting room and open-air of­fice. An old lean-to kitchen was de­mol­ished at the rear, and a long new wing projects 25m into space. The leafy canopy of a large, ma­ture poin­ciana tree is the fo­cal point for the spa­cious liv­ing room and kitchen. Doors fold away to the ve­ran­dah, mak­ing the room it­self feel like one big ve­ran­dah.

One level down, two en­suite bed­rooms open onto a sec­ondary liv­ing area and kitchen. Wide boards of Aus­tralian beech grace the floor, and hoop pine is used in the ex­ten­sive join­ery. A spec­tac­u­lar chunk of black “sil­ver wave” mar­ble from China is the cen­tre­piece kitchen bench, and tim­ber balustrad­ing wraps the stair­case be­tween the lev­els.

this page … ( above) the UP­STAIRS KITCHEN FEA­TURES A CHI­NESE “SIL­VER WAVE” MAR­BLE BENCH­TOP, WHILE EX­POSED BRICKS PRO­VIDE CON­TRAST IN A BATH­ROOM.

op­po­site page … TWO SELF-CON­TAINED LEV­ELS MAKE UP THIS IN­NER-WEST REN­O­VA­TION.

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