The Complete Restoration Of An 1842 Tasmanian Cottage – The Design Files

When Taylor and Hinds Architects were brought on to restore this 1842 cottage in Oatlands, Tasmania, the property was in a state of impending ruin. With a collapsed north-easterly elevation patched up with asbestos panelling, and decaying interiors due to a lack of light and rising damp, significant work was required to restore the home to its former glory.

Despite its dire condition, the building fabric contained much of its original character, including pit-sawn hardwood floorboards, hand-hewn ashlar sandstone, and brick. Uncovering these Georgian qualities of the original interior through a process of adaptive repair was key. 

Most renovation projects include an extension element, but this cottage was actually reduced in size over the course of restorations. ‘More an alteration and subtraction, than an addition,’ is how Mat Hinds, director of Taylor and Hinds Architects, describes the project. New works include two large format windows, a small bathroom, and a

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An Earthy, Low Maintenance Garden In Victoria’s Macedon Ranges

‘The original garden was a little disjointed with roses and camellias along the front of the house in garden beds that were often sunbaked in summer and heavy fog and mist in winter’, Kathleen Murphy explains of the site she was brought on to transform. ‘The garden needed to be refreshed, and to feel more welcoming to visitors, who sometimes got confused as to where the front door was!’

Kathleen set about connecting the garden to the house and its materials. ‘The use of natural materials links directly to the architecture of the home, and helps to anchor down the building,’ she says. Referencing the ‘beautiful Castlemaine stone’ from which the home is made, a custom-designed water rill runs outside the windows of the Master suite, also enjoyed by visitors as they meander through a curving gravel path to the front door.

The garden harmoniously connects with the wider landscape,

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