Alterations to Existing Weatherboard Cottage, Moonee Ponds

Our Client’s main objective was to revitalise her weatherboard home: to renovate the south facing home, including ‘fixing’ a dysfunctional attic and completely recreate the living, dining and kitchen spaces to create a home with better light and improved interaction with the vast rear garden areas.

Raking ceiling dark joinery weatherboard cottage

Situated on a long and narrow block, the existing weatherboard cottage had a set of challenges that we couldn’t wait to work with. How could we rearrange this series of living spaces to make the most of this long, skinny site? and how could we best use the existing structure, including the attic currently a non-conforming spare bedroom?

Our solution considered gaining as much natural light into the centre of the home and how to best suit the narrow site: holistically improving the quality of spaces for our client.

We focused our design around a series of spaces that instil a sense of relaxation and peace for our client, away from the bustle of work, commitments, and the city buzz. Firstly, the inclusion of an internal garden courtyard, to bring light directly into the centre of the home and provide an element of surprise upon heading down an otherwise lengthy hallway. Secondly, to connect the kitchen, dining, and living spaces into a single streamlined space, with outlooks to both to the courtyard and to the rear garden. And finally, to upgrade the existing attic space into a functional and quiet study space for writing and reading, with views over Moonee Ponds.

Our sustainable design practice considered:

  • Orientation to optimise passive ventilation and natural light;
  • Improving thermal performance of the building enclosure (ceilings and roofs, walls and floors) to improve to minimise heating and cooling costs; and
  • Reutilizing the maximum existing structure to reduce the cost of construction and waste.
Project Team
Cathi Colla Architects: Cathi Colla, Amarinda Bazeley
Project Details
Project Status
Concept Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation

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