Shorncliffe Workers Cottage Renovation
For this Shorncliffe workers cottage renovation, a retired couple approached us to provide classic styling to their home. No strangers to renovating, the couple had renovated this home some twenty years prior. The space available for outdoor entertainment required a clear purpose. As a solution, we proposed an indoor-outdoor style of concept. The Sketch Design process led us to resolve the lack of connectivity through the use of larger doors and windows. Capturing the view and the breezes from this superb location was an essential design requirement. The pre-existing small deck was enhanced to cater for the family’s love of outdoor dining. The Shorncliffe home’s western wall was to include new double hung windows to match those of the existing dining room.
Furthermore, high-level highlights would provide additional winter light to enter the home. To the outside of these windows, sliding shutters with insect screening would ensure the enjoyment of this area year round.
Internally a range of very detailed cabinet work was proposed plus ceiling treatments. Custom book shelving and storage areas were to compliment the new fireplace. This fireplace was to be the focal point of the living room, incorporating a refined Victorian style fireplace with custom mantle. To define the renovated space, new bulkheads on the ceiling with concealed lighting would enlighten the home. These changes, though small, made a dramatic difference to this home.
Shorncliffe is a beautiful bayside suburb near Sandgate. It is approx 19 km north west of Brisbane. The 1st town lots were auctioned in Shorncliffe in 1853. In 1865 when the bridge was built over Cabbage Tree Creek access to Shorncliffe was greatly improved. Shorncliffe has at least two buildings on the Queensland heritage register. Musgrave House in Allpass Parade and Drew House in Wharf Street. With its village quality and location close to the water, it is popular with those who want the seaside lifestyle and ability to commute to Brisbane.
Project Number: 120801