So you love your beautiful heritage home, but while the classic, detailed facade is stunning, inside the rooms lack logical flow and natural light struggles to penetrate deep into the home. This was the scenario for the owners of this ruby-red brick heritage cottage before designer Janik Dalecki became involved.
"The owners wanted to transform the home into an entertainer's dream, also suitable for their young family," says Dalecki. "While we could have extended the cottage in similar period style, the decision was made to open up the home to a new clean-lined addition at the rear. This was to be a contemporary building that contrasts and yet complements the 100-year-old home creating a strong design statement."
A straight-on street view allows the cottage facade to dominate, but walk on a few steps to view the house at an angle and the minimalist addition in waxed hardwood is seen behind.
"By opening up the layout of the cottage and complementing its intricate architectural detailing with a striking, modern addition, we gave the home a second life, transforming it into a modern three-bedroom, two-bathroom home," Dalecki says.
Of course, as well as achieving a stand-out look, a contemporary addition allows for all the other benefits of modern architecture, such as flowing airy spaces, flooded with natural light.