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Nuspace Developments was enlisted to construct
a contemporary addition, designed by Odette
Smith Design, to this federation-style cottage in
Nedlands. Located at the back of the house, it
was to incorporate light-filled, daytime living
spaces, a workshop or study for hobbies and
model-building and an easy-care garden outside.
The retired owners also requested a lock-up-
The main cottage was restored to contain a
guest bedroom and bathroom suite, along with a
study and sitting area. A new gas fire was installed
into the existing fireplace, while the jarrah
floorboards were repolished.
The two-storey limestone addition is separated
from the cottage by a single-level, north-facing,
glass gallery overlooking a pond. Meanwhile,
thermal glass is used extensively in the addition
to bring in the light and warmth that the cottage
lacks during the winter. It also helps to reduce
the heat in summer, which saves energy and
minimises UV penetration.
The living, dining and kitchen areas are
downstairs, while the master bedroom is upstairs. The
travertine stone floor is kept at optimum temperature
with in-slab heating, as are the floor tiles in the
bathroom, which have under-tile heating.
The huge, two-car garage is the home’s
standout feature, running boundary to boundary
across the back of the property. Rebuilt in
limestone to align with the contemporary style
of the addition, it incorporates a workshop, large
storeroom and a concrete-tank wine cellar.
The addition and the restored garage are
connected by a covered outdoor living area, with
timber decking and a garden that takes advantage
of the northern sun.
The addition remained true to the brief,
incorporating light-filled daytime living spaces.
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