Residential Architecture – Alterations and Additions – Maritimo – rebecca fullerton ARCHITECT

Maritimo – rebecca fullerton ARCHITECT

Project summary

The philosophy of the design intent was to retain the eclectic character of the house, i.e. to show off original features from various eras to demonstrate the house’s historical story, but also to make it appropriate for contemporary living. The property is significant in the locality and streetscape of its place. Retaining its aggregated form rather than simply making an addition is important to its success. The historical features and detail of this house have been maintained or reinstated. Items such as the maids’ bells, timberwork and stonework have become features of the property. The materiality and detailing are simple and robust and in keeping with the original craftsmanship. Opening up the dark compartmentalised rooms, whilst retaining the original form, was a key priority. The altered layout now has free flowing living areas achieved through centralising the kitchen and opening up walls without removing them entirely. The shape and size of the original rooms is evident and in use despite there being a new spatial dimension. The removal of paint from the sandstone façade and emphasising the corner of the house (by reducing the veranda) allows a connection to the cottage’s original character. This is in keeping with the house’s history.


In2Construction  – builder


Gandy and Roberts  – structural consultant
Gandy and Roberts  – hydraulic consultant
Noel Leary & Associates  – land surveyor
Lifecycle Cost Management  – quantity surveyor
Safe Design Australia  – safety consultant
pitt&sherry  – building surveyor