Foss Cottage created the opportunity to design a truly unique home showcasing the past by transforming an abandoned house into a loved home. The transformation of this abandoned house into a home was more than just a facelift; it was more like a resurrection. Due to the dilapidation and after demolition of the unsafe walls, only the 1st storey sandstone façade remained. It was extremely important that the Façade be restored to its original 1870 period, all existing materials were to be assessed to minimise wastage, maximise recycling and to enhance the sustainability of the development in a holistic fashion. The reuse of much of the original components of the dwelling enabled the breathing of new life into old bricks, sandstone, and old Oregon beams. All were reborn; the old bricks were transformed into an internal feature wall complimenting the handcrafted staircase. The remaining sandstone was exposed internally, bringing the past into the modern internals. The Oregon beams were made into furniture. The seamless integration of recycled materials within the home reflected the dedication and professionalism, taken by our design team. The dwelling incorporates two main assets, the past and the present. A smooth seamless link internally and externally was created that transitioned between the past and present of the house flowed through this design.
Assignment: Design, Construction and Project Management
Team Size: Six
Duration: 18 Weeks
2012 Master Builders NSW Awards