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Australian old timber cottages are charming. This heritage-listed house was over one hundred years old, with original timber lining on the walls, a pressed metal ceiling and two fireplaces. The cottage was in poor condition—a rotten verandah, a run-down kitchen, a single old-style bathroom, plastered over walls, bricked up fireplaces, fell apart backyard shed, deteriorated garden.

The client wanted to restore original features as much as possible and convert the cottage into a modern home. The goal was to achieve comfortable but sustainable living. We suggested restoring the central part of the house and adding a modern kitchen, bathroom and laundry. We also proposed demolishing the shed and re-using its old stock bricks to build a studio in the backyard. We recommended the new extension to be modern, opened to the garden as much as possible.

We experimented with materials and used spa panels in bathrooms instead of tiles. We installed large double glazed bi-fold doors between the kitchen/dining area and the garden. We restored the original shed's barn doors re-using blackbutt floorboards for that. For energy efficiency and comfort, we installed insulation into the original walls and ceiling, allowed a lot of light through new windows, used concrete floors as thermal mass and recommended double glazing.

Photographer: Paul Worsley, Live by the Sea

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Heritage Cottage Restoration & Extension
Heritage Cottage Restoration & Extension
Heritage Cottage Restoration & Extension
Heritage Cottage Restoration & Extension
Heritage Cottage Restoration & Extension
Heritage Cottage Restoration & Extension
Heritage Cottage Restoration & Extension
Heritage Cottage Restoration & Extension
Heritage Cottage Restoration & Extension

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Studio Urbo is a Sydney-based design firm. Our name comes from the Esperanto word meaning "city or town". A collaboration of ideas and interests creates the space where people live and work together. 

We love our work because it involves a lot of components, including working with and for people. We care about our clients and the environment.  

Most of our projects are residential projects. We design new buildings, and we do renovations. 

We have extensive experience with houses located in heritage conservation areas. We love the challenge that comes with adopting the modern style of living with the heritage environment.

At ArchiPro we recognise and acknowledge the existing, original and ancient connection Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to the lands and waterways across the Australian continent. We pay our respects to the elders past and present. We commit to working together to build a prosperous and inclusive Australia.