Nestling into its urban village setting in Melbourne’s inner suburbs, Little Maggie creatively extends an existing heritage weatherboard cottage. With the challenge of adapting the site for year-round use, ROAM Architects have designed a carefully proportioned light filled garden room which connects to its sunny ‘pocket courtyard’ style garden.
The overall setting includes a charming assortment of heritage listed single storey weatherboard cottages. The approach to the brief was to simply renovate the original cottage and to add a new rear facing garden room which connects to the original house via a carefully detailed glazed link. The link offers a moment of transition between old and new, providing an opportunity to look up at the timber clad ‘Top Hat’ which forms the façade of the extension. The façade of the garden room is composed of shorter lengths of Australian native timber, creating a tile like effect which creates a subtle rhythm in response to the scale of the extension
The extension itself opens up via bi-fold timber doors to a north facing bluestone terrace / BBQ space. A white painted brick seat provides an opportunity to sit either on the inside to the dining space or outside to the terrace. The use of bluestone references the bluestone cobble laneways which are prevalent across Melbourne.
To the rear, the centrally located double fireplace responds to the client’s request to maximise interactivity with the garden and to provide as many opportunities as possible for year-round use. Set atop the chimney is a terracotta chimneypot – a cheeky nod to the surrounding worker’s cottages in the heritage area.
The interior palette consists of contrasting textures / layers of pale timber floors, painted white brick, grey marble and painted vertical groove lining boards. A simple high-level north facing window allows sunlight in which tracks across the various textures over the course of the day.
1. Facade cladding: Blackbutt Hardwood, by Boral
2. Flooring: Engineered Timber ‘Mount Blanc ‘by Porters Paints
3. Roofing: Custom Orb by Lysaght
4. Interior furniture: Feature Pendant, Statelight
5. Add more if available Dual Sided Fire Place by Living Fire