Lilyfield HouseTraditional Exterior, Sydney
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1. Why renovate or extend your house?Is your house old and tired? Lacking in space or storage? Renovation often occurs around a life-changing event: newlyweds setting up house or the anticipated birth of a little one entering the family. What’s the new event in your household? Alternatively, are you choosing to renovate to make some extra cash, on-sell and explore the neighbourhood for a new project?Whatever the reason is, it is important to sit down and take stock of what you have now, what you want out of the renovation or extension, and what you truly need out of it. It is good to make a list as it will help to clarify your thoughts and will be a useful document when you talk to an architect or building designer in the first instance.
Weatherboard MaterialsWeatherboards are a wonderfully durable cladding material that allows us to tie our buildings into our own special architectural heritage, while maintaining the smooth horizontal lines that are a hallmark of contemporary design. Traditionally, weatherboards were cut from locally available timbers, but today advances in building materials have meant that weatherboards are now available in a variety of materials.Even though weatherboards are available in an almost endless combination of shapes and materials, there is no combination that is clearly better than the rest. Each type of weatherboard has its advantages and disadvantages, and must be chosen according to the unique requirements of each project.Browse more beautiful images of weatherboard homes
The birth of the weatherboard houseWeatherboard came into use in the 1850s, when the advent of mechanised production in steam-driven mills meant they could be manufactured inexpensively. Weatherboard houses quickly appeared all around the country.
2. Workers’ cottage (1840 to 1900)For such a humble home, the workers’ cottage is brimming with history and character. They were commonly built in the 19th century, at a time when our cities were the centres of industry. Warehouses, wool stores, breweries, manufacturing plants, and timber yards packed our inner-city suburbs including Sydney’s Balmain and Pyrmont; Melbourne’s Fitzroy and Albert Park; and Brisbane’s West End and Nundah. Workers also resided in these areas in brick, sandstone and weatherboard cottages. The cottages were tiny, often not sewered and, for the most part, damp and dark. The well-heeled considered these quintessential working-class suburbs to be slums. Their unsanitary conditions were even blamed for the spread of the bubonic plague in the early 1900s, when many of the cottages were demolished and entire streets razed.WHY WE LOVE IT: Today these inner-city suburbs and the remaining workers’ cottages are covetable real estate. Their numbers are limited, they’re irreplaceable (although prime for renovation) and they’re filled with as much character as the hard-working personalities that once lived in them.So You Live in a … Weatherboard House
1. Add an outdoor roomWhile the front rooms of the original worker’s cottages may be well planned, the rear of these homes was certainly not much to speak of. Thus, modern renovations often transform the rear into a more liveable space, visually and functionally connecting the living areas with the garden.