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Hawthorne Workers Cottage Renovation

Existing charm

Hawthorne Workers Cottage Renovation

This Hawthorne workers cottage renovation was designed to enhance the existing charm of this 1910 character home and deal with the busy road frontage. The renovation created a home with five bedrooms, a study, two living areas, three bathrooms, a double garage, and a large entertainment deck.


First floor

Relocation and Extension

The first floor was reorganised to relocate the kitchen to the southern/rear end of the home. The living areas were also moved to the back of the home, creating a greater indoor-outdoor relationship between these spaces and the deck. A new pavilion-style extension enables this home to capitalise on the beautiful view at the back of the house. The roofline over the deck needed to be cleaned up to improve the indoor-outdoor connection visually. The extension includes a new main bedroom, ensuite and walk-in robe.


Client requirements

The Brief

The Hawthorne workers cottage renovation client’s requirements:

1. A new bathroom with a separate bath and a new kitchen
2. A new fence with retaining walls to the rear section, to also act as a noise barrier
3. Landscaping to enhance the total appeal of the home
4. A separate fence around the pool, so a recreation garden area is available
5. Solar heating for the pool
6. A deeper double garage to create a workshop space
7. Relocating the main entrance to the property off the side street
8. Internal stairs to a new ground floor level where the fifth bedroom is to be located as a guest room with bathroom and separate laundry
9. A media room/ entertainment room under new pavilion-style extension.

Hawthorne History and Architecture

Hawthorne is about 4 kilometres east of the Brisbane City Centre. As Brisbane grew, Hawthorne’s 1860s farming district was gradually subdivided. Today Hawthorne has many grand old Queenslanders and workers cottages, lovingly restored, renovated and extended. There are also many new luxury homes.

Contact us today to be part of the future architecture of Hawthorne.

Project Number: 050802

Client testimonial

We just wanted to send you a note to say thanks for the impressive job you did with our renovations. We entrusted our dream home to you and we were not disappointed with the finished result. We thought we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted our home to feature and its layout but after a couple of meetings with you, you were able to improve on what we thought we could achieve. The ideas you presented to us will increase the joy we will get from our home for years to come.

My work took us interstate just before construction was due to commence so we not only have you to thank for the design of our home but also for managing the construction work. The builders you found for us and that we subsequently used were incredible. The amount of detail that you supplied the builders ensured there were no nasty surprises for us or them. We are very happy with the quality of workmanship the builders displayed and also the quality of the fittings you specified – they really add to the look and feel of the house.

We also need to thank Leesa (Leesa Seminara Garden Design, associated partner business) for her garden design. We thought about leaving the garden until later but we are so glad we didn’t. The street appeal is enhanced by the new fence and plants and the plants around the pool make it look like a tropical resort. We have lawn for the dogs and kids to play on but we also have the right plants around the house to add to its appeal and we don’t need a degree in horticulture to look after them.

We would be more than happy to talk about the positive experiences we have had working with you to any of your potential clients.

Donna & Michael
Hawthorne, Brisbane
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Award-Winning Lifestyle Design Architects Brisbane <br> Est. 1993

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Est. 1993

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