Traditional in the front, contemporary in the back Spring is finally in full bloom, which makes it a great time to tackle all those big home projects. If one of your plans involves a renovation, take a look at this delightful extension in Sydney that takes advantage of its garden site for some serious inspiration.
Austalian firm Panovscott helmed the project, which transformed a 1917 cottage, once part of a nursery, into a bright and airy contemporary space that seamlessly incorporates history with a modern aesthetic, as well as indoor-outdoor living.
While the front of the Federation-style brick home remains the same and includes period details like molding and hardwood floors, the rear of the house transitions into the addition, which is formed by stacked concrete boxes characterized by floor-to-ceiling picture windows.
A wood-floored hallway leads to the rear of the house via four concrete steps, which marks the threshold. Floors are now concrete, and a large living room, kitchen, and dining space open onto the garden by way of a glazed wall. This and the other extensive sections of glass upstairs were created to establish a connection with a majestic and dramatically canopied 116-year-old Jacaranda tree found on the property.