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On a block that's only 5.9 metres wide, facing the street in the north and adjoining a double height neighbor to the east, the renovation of the 1920s weatherboard cottage into a light-filled, thermally comfortable and flexible living space was not straightforward. But, as featured in issue 36, owners Tim and Karen have achieved it in spades. They engaged architect Ben Callery to deliver them "flexibility, light and air." Upstairs, a new main bedroom sits to the south; laminated sliding glass helps isolate it from the living space while letting light in. Across the void, a flexible studio space currently used as Tim's office opens onto a secluded roof deck. The designer is particularly pleased with the roof deck, which offers a view of the rooftops of Rucker's Hill and yet is hidden from the street.
The finished house is a pleasure to be in. The design constrains of the narrow block and heritage parameters "demanded a really creative solution" says Ben. "To make it work you have to have a client who's open minded." According to Karen and Tim, it was worth it. "Apart from the extra comfort of the air temperature... it's the natural light that is amazing" Designer: Ben Callery Architects ( @bencalleryarchitect
) Image: Pater Bennets ( @peterbbennetts
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