Cooks Hill Cottage

This second storey addition and substantial renovation was also designed by Buildsmart Constructions and was a project finalist in the 2020 HIA awards its renovation and addition category and also for the Residential Building Designer category.

The existing cottage is contributory to the Cooks Hill heritage area and therefore required a design to ensure the additions did not detract from the original, or ‘host’ building.

The design achieved this by hiding the second storey behind the roof ridge of the front miner’s cottage.  The addition also enhanced the availability of natural light to the ground floor living area and an upstairs bedroom, which could not have any windows due to the external wall being built on the neighbours boundary.

We worked with our client’s budget and environmental goals to remove and re-install the existing kitchen, the ground floor flooring and some lighting fixtures.