Heritage intact

A seamless link between old and new preserves the character of this traditional Queenslander
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View of architectural plans for this renovated home.

Preserving the architectural heritage of an older home is often a priority for designers and frequently a mandatory requirement.

This Brisbane house, which is situated in a character inner-city residential precinct, is a prime example. Architect Andrew Gutteridge of Arkhefield says the renovation project needed to preserve the language and character of the traditional Queenslander, while maximising the lifestyle opportunities for the owners, within the confines of the small site.

"The owners wanted to extend the living space by raising the house and pushing out the rear to take advantage of the leafy northern aspect," he says. "Consequently, the original cottage was lifted and a double garage added at ground level. The upper level was converted into the dining room, study and guest suite, and a new extension added to the rear. This accommodates the primary living and entertainment areas, with the master bedroom sharing the common outdoor living area. A second guest living area, bedroom and kitchenette feature on the ground floor of the extension."

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View of a renovated home which features living area with timber floors, white sofas, recessed lighting, glass doors, ceiling fan.

Gutteridge says the original French doors to the front veranda were removed and replaced by an operable timber and glass wall, enabling the dining space to engage with the street.

A large contemporary kitchen is positioned at the junction between the old and new.

"Externally, the new is legibly distinguished from the old. Internally, the juxtaposition is less overt, with a seamless interface," says Gutteridge. "This was achieved through the continuation of the flooring and a consistent design approach to the walls and soffits. In the old part of the house, new insertions, such as the stairs, joinery, operable walls and timber windows help to blur the interface."

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Exterior view of the front of this renovated home

Detailed cutouts to drawer pulls and door handles acknowledge the craft of building, reinterpreting the spirit of the Queenslander.

Oct 30, 2010
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