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January 13, 2013

HOME Magazine

This two-bedroom weatherboard cottage and shop has been radically transformed with a spacious industrial-style extension that fuses European flair and old Fremantle character. Old Fremantle meets the European take on “industrial” in this newly extended character home in White Gum Valley. Owners Chris Woods and Bree Hough have fused the two styles while adding heaps of extra space and retaining all the street appeal of the original weatherboard cottage and former shop. “We used some European style magazines. They weren’t even written in English, but the images helped us choose looks for furnishings, tiles, tapware and so on,” Chris says. “We feel the industry style fits well with the heritage section of the building. The colours and materials seem to connect it all together.” The couple took their plans for a new kitchen, living area, master bedroom, bathroom and laundry to Switch Homes for Living, working closely with the builder’s interior designer, Brian Haftka, to finetune their ideas for the interiors. Polished concrete floors complement the pared-back look in the kitchen and new north0dacing living area with its highlight windows and bank of bifolding doors to the sunny courtyard. “The kitchen has very clean lines, a big Essa Stone benchtop, no handles-everything is push to open – and it all looks seamless,” Chris says. He and Bree did plenty of research and shopping around to get just the look they wanted, opting for mirrored splashbacks in the kitchen to accentuate the feeling of space and light. From the street, there’s little hint of the major changes that have taken place. The cute weatherboard façade with its traditional veranda has been smartened up and the new addition at the rear blends in seamlessly. “For the back section, we used taupe and charcoal Colorbond, which matches the front, and lots of glass and even limestone, which tie in perfectly with the character of Fremantle,” Chris says. Once a modest two-room property, the house is now a comfortable home with all the modcons and bags of character, including the original timber floors in the front bedrooms. Rob Romberg, general manager at Switch Homes for Living, says the project is a good example of the company’s creative thinking. “It’s a radical transformation from old home to modern, open spaces,” he says. – Paula Evans

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