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Alterations and additions to an existing heritage listed cottage in Leichhardt Council.

The original front sandstone cottage was retained and restored to preserve its heritage significance. A contemporary two-storey addition was built to the rear and the design takes advantage of beautiful views of Johnstons Bay and to Pyrmont beyond. The open plan kitchen and dining area steps down to the living area which flows out onto the deck facing the waterfront. The challenge of the site is that the site slopes to the south, so large openings and louvre windows allow for ventilation as well as natural light, and long voids bring additional light into the space from skylights above. The upstairs bedroom suites have large openings and balconies that also face the waterfront. The external aesthetic of the house is contemporary with vertical light-weight cladding, timber battens and aluminium windows and doors. The contemporary detailing continues internally with shadowline skirtings and cornices, glass balustrades and sleek built in joinery.

Contemporary Architecture was involved in the substantial modification of the original Development Application Approval, construction documentation, interior design and contract administration stages of the project. The DA approval was by Tanner Architects.

The project was constructed by Newmark Constructions.