Initially invited to design a contemporary addition and outdoor decking area to an existing stone cottage, the project was revised to comprise of a renovation and restoration of the original building footprint. This was in part due to cost restraints, practicality and the fact that the building had been in the family for many years.
The front sandstone dwelling was constructed during the mid -1860’s, with a skillion roof and living area connecting to the original gable-roofed kitchen. The site lies within the gold mining town of Fryerstown within a Heritage overlay.
Situated to the rear of the property is the original gold mining registrar building, comprising of local sandstone, corrugated iron cladding and a brick chimney. Unused, the objective was to partly restore and repair the building where possible, re-using recycled and original materials, to provide continued use.
Although not typical of the Ark Group scope, we welcomed this project, as the site history and family background led to an opportunity to retain the long-standing family use. The rear skillion iron roofing was replaced, along with the rubble concrete flooring of the rear living. Stone paving and timber flooring was laid in place. The rear kitchen was lovingly renovated and a part wall opened to provide a semi open plan feel. The small pantry was restored, complete with a framed view of the rear gold registrar building. New wall framing and insulation was installed to the front building and a passage built to allow for 3 bedrooms. The outdoor decking from the original brief was constructed, which overlooks the garden area and surrounding bushland views. Implementing simple design measures and detail, the project has been a demonstration of practicality, that has formed a transition from a cold, dark minor’s cottage to a light filled, renovated family home, whilst retaining the initial building integrity. Thank you to Helen and Brendan for inviting us into their dreams and vision.