This 1900s Cottage’s Charming Renovation Celebrates Timber At Each Flip

This Balmain East house is certainly one of many endearing authentic timber cottages nestled into Sydney’s inner-west.

Constructed within the early 1900s, the home had been beforehand up to date in and out over time. By 2021, it had undoubtedly seen higher days, prompting the proprietor to interact Kitty Lee Structure to revive and renovate the previous magnificence.

‘The present home wanted to be urgently repaired: the timber weatherboards and decking had been rotted, the roof and skylights leaked, and when it rained closely, the lights become fountains,’ principal architect Kitty says.

Her imaginative and prescient was to ‘have a good time the wonder and flexibility of timber’ in a recent redesign. They successfully rearranged the bottom ground to create extra usable and useful areas, with out including any further ground space. A brand new front room now replaces the previous eating room, whereas the elimination of an present wall on the primary ground created a ‘light-filled’ and open workspace.

It was particularly necessary that the interiors didn’t really feel misplaced when you appeared past the facade, which is laced in heritage particulars. Kitty sympathetically designed new curved components that nod to the house’s present arches of the hallway and entrance door glass panels, referenced in a novel timber-clad toilet ‘capsule’ and round-edge island bench.

Situated in the midst of the residing area, the lavatory is a hero function of the home, full with ‘secret bespoke handles’ that open the hid doorways of the hidden room. ‘It’s a small element, but it surely provides a way of intrigue and I hope it sparks slightly pleasure every time the room is revealed,’ Kitty notes.

Using timber all through the home additionally helps seamlessly mix previous and new. Whereas every area gives totally different wooden accents, tactile particulars like leather-based pulls on the wardrobe doorways, terrazzo combined with 3D tiles within the kitchen, concrete basins within the bogs, and pure limestone flooring guarantee there’s a harmonious and cohesive really feel throughout the renovation.

‘Within the kitchen, the cupboards are made out of a wealthy, warm-toned noticed gum veneer to match the brand new noticed gum floorboards on the bottom ground. In distinction, different joinery doorways have been painted to subtly spotlight the grain and texture of the timber,’ Kitty says.

‘The general impact is a heat and welcoming residence that is stuffed with pure magnificence.’