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Creative Use of Breeze Blocks Bring Cheerful Modernity to North Shore Cottage

Giving an old home a new lease of life is a task that requires a delicate balance between the old and the new. That is particularly true for this classic cottage Down Under that on the North Shore where the homeowners specifically requested Studio Prineas to keep much of its timeless appeal intact. Despite leaving the street facade largely untouched, the Breeze Block House gets a brand new interior along with a rear extension that blurs lines between the interior and the outdoors. The dreary cottage was transformed into a contemporary home with open plan living even as the deck and the garden area become the new social zone.

Modern Breeze Block House Extension Down Under with an innovative contemporary design

Both the main bedroom and the open plan living area are connected with the view outside while the sheltered decks are surrounded by breeze blocks; turning it into a unique family space. With an outdoor dining area, small bench and ample open space, the decks are perfect play areas for kids even as the parents in the kitchen can keep an eye on what is happening outside. On the inside it is a white and wood color scheme that takes over with pendants and kitchen appliances bringing in black accents.

Smart shelving in white, comfy seating and lovely, even lighting complete this altered cottage home which meets the urban lifestyle of its Sydney owners. [Photography: Katherine Lu]

Classic street facade of the cottage home is left largely undisturbed
Creative use of breeze blocks shape the rear extension of the contemporary home
Dining space inside the house feels like a natural extension of the kitchen island
Fabulous kitchen and dining space of the revamped cottage with a large breakfast bar
Large wooden decks with dining areas connect the interior with the rear yard
Living area of the home with white walls, wooden floor and accent features in black

A new carport containing an extra bathroom and secure storage space doubles as a garden pavilion for entertaining and undercover play.

Lovely lighting illuminates the interior of the house while showcasing its best features
Wooden deck extends from the bedroom and into the garden outside
Black accents make a big impression in this all white kitchen area
Breeze block walls turn the rooms into sheltered outdoor space with plenty of ventilation

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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