Extension and restoration with charming period character

Twenty years of renting had taken its toll on this 1860’s timber cottage with its 1980's rear extension. The client was moving back into the house and wanted a new kitchen, walk-in-robe and ensuite.

Asbestos sheeting on the exterior was replaced with new cladding and the rotting original front timber facade was restored. In the cottage, attractive details such as original timber floors, lath and plaster walls and ceilings were restored to retain the charming period character. The layout was changed so that the master bedroom opened to a walk-in-robe and ensuite. In the extension, the kitchen was extended by moving a wall and was modernised with new cabinetry, integrated laundry and lighting. An unattractive structural column in the lounge/dining room was removed and replaced by a concealed supporting steel beam.

The open plan kitchen, dining and living area now flow, making entertaining a pleasure. The new timber floors, lighting and concealed television add to the warmth and ambience. At the rear, the main bathroom was revived with custom made cabinetry. The client remarked, "the room and cabinet designs ensure innovative and practical use of space". The former laundry was extended to become a light filled guest bedroom with large windows and doors allowing access to the garden. The extension was reclad in mini custom orb in keeping with the style of the cottage roof.

I found Susan to be very responsive and full of good ideas.

Besides drawing plans, liaising with the surveyor, engineer, builder and council, Susan advised on colours, flooring, lighting, placement of electrical points and more! Susan also arranged trade discounts at lighting, appliance and bathroom fitting suppliers.

It was a pleasure to work with Susan who understood my brief and taste