Hallway of Courtyard House by COX.

Before & After: A Blighted Boarding House in Sydney Is Now an Adaptable Courtyard Home17/37

"We wanted a raw and natural feel using materials with low embodied energy and where the crafting of the human hand can be registered," says Joe. The material palette includes hot dip galvanized steel work, which is exposed and celebrated; hoop-pine plywood on walls, ceilings, and joinery; blackbutt hardwood on the exposed rafters, beams, stairs, and floorboards; and plantation rosewood for doors and windows.

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