Curtain Cottage

Carlton North, Victoria, Australia
Location
  • Carlton North, Victoria, Australia
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 646
  • Lot Size
  • 1022
  • Bedrooms
  • 1
  • Full Baths
  • 1
  • A cramped, dark and damp Victorian cottage is transformed into a light-filled, flowing and uplifting home, while referencing original features of the house. The project is unique in that the architect was also its builder and joiner, so this provided the opportunity to test out ambitious ideas and their consequence during construction.

    One of the special aspects about this project is the play of contrasts between the modest facade and what lies inside. Like a veil of camouflage, the front gives nothing away of its contents and remains perfectly anonymous.

    Brief
    How might a professional couple live comfortably inside a formerly tight and dingy Victorian of no more than 60m2? To add to the challenge, an extension was out of the question due to budget constraints, so all changes had to be made inside the existing envelope.

    Plan
    We felt a couple would only need one dedicated bedroom so the front room could be incorporated into the hallway and become a flexible and open living space. On the occasion that guests stay over, a curtain can be pulled across to ‘wall’ off a spare room.

    The kitchen was reconfigured to include a generous island for ease of circulation and encourage shared cooking. The dining area extends out from the island bench and provides a seamless transition to the courtyard.

    Section
    While we couldn’t increase the square metreage of the house, we could add to the volume and feeling of space. We did this by lifting the ceiling to the line of the original rafters which created the opportunity to light the house indirectly by placing LED strips atop the newly exposed ceiling joists.

    In addition, a little quirk can be seen on the brick wall in the kitchen where we punched a hole through at the top to add a further connection between front and back and provide an access point to the attic floor. This connection can be felt when the light from LED’s running around the bedroom perimeter are switched on.

    Light
    There are no downlights in this project and the entire house is lit indirectly with energy efficient LED strip lights shining up at the ceiling and reflecting back a comfortable warm glow. Where task lights were needed in the kitchen and bathroom, we made custom linear pendants which complement the linear theme of the house. In the bedroom we flipped this pendant upside down to create an uplight which provides a softly lit ceiling - perfect for making the transition into night.

    In the bathroom there are a number of lighting options. During the day natural light shines down the rear wall where a skylight was cut-out over the shower. After dark, aside from the custom pendant, the shower screen can be lit, which has been fitted with an LED strip along its top edge and provides just enough light to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.

    White translucent multi-cell polycarbonate has been fitted to the entire roof section covering the dining area, providing enough natural light to illuminate the back half of the house well after the neighbours have turned on their lights.

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    Modern home with outdoor and front yard. Front Facade Photo  of Curtain Cottage

    Front Facade

    Modern home with living room, ceiling lighting, coffee tables, sofa, light hardwood floor, and recessed lighting. Front room  Photo 2 of Curtain Cottage

    Front room

    Modern home with kitchen, engineered quartz counter, wood cabinet, light hardwood floor, ceiling lighting, brick backsplashe, pendant lighting, recessed lighting, accent lighting, cooktops, range, and range hood. Kitchen Photo 3 of Curtain Cottage

    Kitchen

    Modern home with dining room, table, bench, and light hardwood floor. Dining Photo 4 of Curtain Cottage

    Dining

    Modern home with bath room, tile counter, porcelain tile floor, vessel sink, open shower, ceiling lighting, accent lighting, pendant lighting, porcelain tile wall, one piece toilet, and recessed lighting. Bathroom Photo 5 of Curtain Cottage

    Bathroom

    Modern home with bath room, tile counter, pendant lighting, and porcelain tile wall. Bathroom detail Photo 6 of Curtain Cottage

    Bathroom detail

    Modern home with living room, sofa, coffee tables, console tables, light hardwood floor, and table lighting. Front Living Room Photo 7 of Curtain Cottage

    Front Living Room

    Modern home with living room, sofa, coffee tables, and light hardwood floor. Living Room Detail Photo 8 of Curtain Cottage

    Living Room Detail

    Modern home with hallway and light hardwood floor. Corridor (Day) Photo 9 of Curtain Cottage

    Corridor (Day)

    Modern home with light hardwood floor, ceiling lighting, recessed lighting, console tables, and living room. Corridor (Night) Photo 10 of Curtain Cottage

    Corridor (Night)

    Modern home with shelves storage type, shelves, storage, bookcase, pendant lighting, light hardwood floor, and bedroom. Bedroom cabinetry Photo 11 of Curtain Cottage

    Bedroom cabinetry

    Modern home with shelves, storage, light hardwood floor, cabinet storage type, shelves storage type, and bedroom. Bedroom cabinetry 2 Photo 12 of Curtain Cottage

    Bedroom cabinetry 2

    Modern home with storage room, shelves storage type, and cabinet storage type. Cabinetry detail Photo 13 of Curtain Cottage

    Cabinetry detail

    Modern home with light hardwood floor, kitchen, and engineered quartz counter. Threshold Photo 14 of Curtain Cottage

    Threshold

    Modern home with kitchen, engineered quartz counter, wood cabinet, light hardwood floor, ceiling lighting, pendant lighting, brick backsplashe, recessed lighting, accent lighting, wall oven, cooktops, range, range hood, and undermount sink. Kitchen (Night) Photo 15 of Curtain Cottage

    Kitchen (Night)

    Modern home with kitchen, engineered quartz counter, wood cabinet, brick backsplashe, pendant lighting, and light hardwood floor. Kitchen (Day) Photo 16 of Curtain Cottage

    Kitchen (Day)

    Modern home with back yard, hardscapes, small patio, porch, deck, wood patio, porch, deck, decking patio, porch, deck, planters patio, porch, deck, doors, metal, exterior, and swing door type. Courtyard (Day) Photo 17 of Curtain Cottage

    Courtyard (Day)

    Modern home with hardscapes, raised planters, small patio, porch, deck, back yard, decking patio, porch, deck, planters patio, porch, deck, wood patio, porch, deck, hanging lighting, doors, metal, swing door type, and exterior. Courtyard (Night) Photo 18 of Curtain Cottage

    Courtyard (Night)

    Modern home with back yard, small patio, porch, deck, gardens, raised planters, hardscapes, wood patio, porch, deck, decking patio, porch, deck, wood fence, and outdoor. Rear wall of courtyard Photo 19 of Curtain Cottage

    Rear wall of courtyard

    Modern home with outdoor, back yard, shrubs, small patio, porch, deck, hardscapes, gardens, decking patio, porch, deck, planters patio, porch, deck, wood fence, and wood patio, porch, deck. Courtyard wall detail Photo 20 of Curtain Cottage

    Courtyard wall detail