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Restoration Gem - Worker's Cottage

North Fitzroy is one of the remaining areas in Melbourne where the original housing stock from the mid to late 1800’s is still largely intact. The owner of this modest single fronted workers cottage was sitting on a potential gold mine, in terms of property value and potential for improvement, but in the current state, the cottage was starting to fall down around his ears.

The decision to repair the existing structure and fabric of the home as well as renovate and extend to make this a comfortable, family home was made, and so the task to preserve the original while bringing the home up to modern standards was undertaken.

From the street frontage, the existing façade was to remain – albeit with a new strength and looking as shiney and crisp as a new shirt. Substantial underpinning was required to the remaining part of the home in order to reinforce the original foundations of the home. The double storey extension sits neatly into the rear of the home, and the ground floor extension opens the dark cottage up, revealing a light filled, open plan living space.
Project Year: 2018
Project Cost: $500,001 AUD - $750,000 AUD
Country: Australia
Postcode: 3068
Restoration Gem - Worker's Cottage
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This worker's cottage has been returned to it's former charm through this restoration project. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Crisp and white! You would never know the disrepair that this gem was in prior to renovation. Period feature arch retrained and this hallway is now ready for feature lighting and wall art. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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This bright, compact kitchen is full of storage, including wine storage and a walk-in pantry under the staircase. Photography: Matthew Forbes
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A pop of colour! The glass splashback if a fantastic feature giving the kitchen a crisp feel. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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The original front rooms of this worker's cottage have been restored and updated. Retaining the original fireplaces and adding new hearth tiles of the period's style has bridged the new with the old. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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The new addition includes a beautiful staircase to access the second storey, replacing the previous attic ladder. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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A wall hung vanity with a counter top ceramic basin sits snuggly in this new bathroom. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Open plan kitchen, living and outdoor entertaining has given a modern, new lease of life to this period gem. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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Open plan kitchen, living and outdoor entertaining has given a modern, new lease of life to this period gem. Photographer: Matthew Forbes
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