Harriet House

This playful renovation dramatically transforms a modest cottage into a flexible family home, with the lower kids level also configured as a self-contained flat.

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The extent of yard is maintained by increasing the footprint of the house only marginally, while at the same time creating a new shady undercroft and rear courtyard terrace. These different garden spaces in association with the new lower semi-enclosed room have a theatrical sense to them and provide options for gathering/sitting. The extension is unabashedly different in its expression to the existing house.  The ‘tower’ interlocks with the rear of the cottage, and shapes a new special light filled living space with a corner window looking back to the street. In contrast the new lower level interior speaks of our place in the tropics with dark stains and sliding translucent wall panels.


Photographer Christopher Frederick Jones


Brisbane, QLD