A Quaint Miner’s Cottage In Dubbo Made For Slowing Down

Once we can finally venture outside our homes, The Repose in Dubbo would be the first stop on our lists!

Regional city locals Jemima and Bede Aldridge own this skilfully renovated cottage with another couple, Ric and Moir Jones, who co-host guests on the property. Eighteen months ago, the four friends combined their love for hospitality and handmade design to transform the tumbledown house into one of the only boutique accommodation spots in the in-land city.

The plan was to open up the cramped layout and renovate the dilapidated house and courtyard, and outdated amenities, to unearth the best qualities of the heritage structure. Internal walls were removed to create a more  open-plan living space, while aged aluminium doors and old glass windows were updated to a contemporary living standard.

Like all good worker’s buildings built in the early 19th century, the toilet was originally in an outhouse disconnected from

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A Dramatic, Tasmanian Riverfront Home

When the owners of this site in Tasmania’s Otago (about 20 minutes from Hobart) engaged Victorian-based practice Topology Studio to design their house, they requested dramatic views of River Derwent and the mountains beyond. At the same time, the owners were keen to embrace native vegetation at the water’s forefront. Topology Studio’s response, ‘Why don’t we have both?’

Topology Studio have designed a two storey house that separately embraces these dual outlooks. Perched above the water, the living space features a continuously curving timber ceiling that expands the length of the home. This ceiling lifts in the east to address Mount Direction, then again in the west to take in the river and  kunanyi / Mount Wellington. Meanwhile, the lower floor is embedded in the steep ground, framing sheltered views across the native grasses to the water. 

The framing of these views is so successful, that the home feels completely

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