Whether one is working on a small colonial cottage or a home of much grander proportions, both projects are approach in much the same way. Today, the way people and their families like to live, dictates the way house renovations and design are created. In the case of the smaller inner city colonial homes, ones has to be reminded these were the homes of working families of the early 20th and late 19th Centuries. These were buildings that were built quickly, with no fan fair, they were basic in design, and built for function. Today these homes are prized for their position, in inner city urban hubs, that attract people of all generations who desire a lifestyle and pace that only the inner city ring suburbs of the city can provide. So with the urban renewal, comes a different approach to how we want to live in these classic homes of yesteryear.
No one wants to live in a time capsule or a museum of the past. These homes need to be adapted for 'todays 'living, but, at the same time approached in a manner which is sympathetic to the unique architectural quality they possess.
In the example shown here, part of the complete renovation included, expanding the internal area of the home, by removing the back wall and installing bi-fold doors that open onto a newly created covered back deck, creating an outdoor/indoor living space, allowing light and natural air flow through the interior of the home. This simple architectural change has had a significant positive impact on the home, both ethically and in a practical way as well.
Simply furnished with cleaned lined contemporary furnishing and accessories, has created a comfortable home for living and entertaining. The respect for its architectural heritage has been maintained, but the home is very much a home of today. From humble beginnings, to a new life, that will hopefully last another century and beyond.