Inside An Architect’s Superbly Renovated Nineteen Seventies Cottage (That You Can Keep In)

This property in Flinders, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, started as a country two-bedroom brick cottage and storage. Director of Noxon Justin Noxon bought the cottage in 2009, which was utilized in its unique state as his household vacation home for over a decade.

By 2019, the house and panorama (a mixture of small orchard, cleared paddock, and native bush on eight acres) was due for a makeover. 

Because the architect and owner-builder, Justin’s imaginative and prescient was to seize the essence and spirit of the unique property, particularly within the brick cottage. ‘We embraced the essential imperfect nature of the unique seeking a quiet elemental simplicity as a steadiness to the busy bustle of weekly city life within the metropolis,’ he says. 

A brand new bed room was added to the construction utilizing recycled bricks from the verandah. The unique roof geometry and timber lining boards had been repeated within the addition, and the brick ground was embellished and retained. 

The remaining areas within the cottage got a facelift with skylights, paint, and a brand new window seat. ‘A small however important insertion into the unique cottage, it has opened an exquisite new facet and reference to the hills past, while brightening the inside,’ says Justin of the window seat. 

In the meantime, the unique storage was transformed right into a visitor studio inclusive of a kitchenette, lavatory, and lounge with a recent wooden heater. White inner timber lining boards are coupled with the unique trusses, which had been painted, offering an industrial quantity and character in keeping with the constructing’s former use as a storage. 

The ultimate constructing on the property is the newly-built ‘shed’ with a definite design id. Charcoal metal cladding (particularly chosen to offset the colourful inexperienced color) provides technique to uncovered oriented strand board (OSB) lining the flooring and ceiling inside, paired with concrete flooring. 

In collaboration with Florian Wild and Shaped Landscapes, Justin regenerated the backyard with new pergola components linking the studio and cottage, and designated outside areas for each buildings. The property additionally incorporates a new fireplace pit space, and an outside lavatory set among the many olive bushes. 

The general renovation of Walden Flinders has not solely expanded its lodging, however revived its panorama, and higher framed the property’s pure surrounds. ‘My favorite components of the challenge are all of the little vignettes one sees as you progress round and thru the property,’ says Justin. ‘Moments are framed in reference to the surface and we’re consistently reminded of the numerous completely different points inside the property.’

Walden Flinders is on the market to remain in as short-term vacation lodging