location: Merino, Victoria, Australia
program: residential - alterations
The historic township of Merino was one of Victoria’s first inland European settlements. This project involves restoration and alterations to a small cottage that was in a state of dilapidation but protected by strict heritage controls. On a very low budget, the project involved the restoration of the original house with the subtle but carefully considered adjustment of openings, doors, windows and a new decking with a screened interface to the rear of the house. The project utilises small architectural gestures to greatly increase the level of living amenity, while minimising the scope of work and impact on heritage fabric.