Cottage for two
This clever renovation transforms a 50 square metre garage into an affordable home for two in close proximity to the family home – on the same title, in fact. For just $60,000, the old garage was transformed into a bright and incredibly relaxed, one-bedroom home and business base. Builder Jai Ramage of Timber Artistry put up the new timber stud frame and Colorbond gable roof that gives the cottage its beach-hut flavour, while the grey mauve weatherboard cladding and white trim deliver serious coastal chic. A raised deck opens the interior to the ocean breeze and sprawling garden.
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The humble design was based on the existing blueprint of the old garage to save on infrastructure. And when the fibro walls came down, the old windows and doors were salvaged for reuse, giving a sense of heritage to the cleverly built house. The floorplan was magnified with a scheme of white walls, whitewashed timber floors and driftwood-like rafters with homemade garlands and blue-tinged bunting adding the occasional colourful accent. Whitewashed timber boards look as though they have washed up on the shore but they are actually the result of an afternoon with a belt sander. Sourced from a local timber yard, the boards came primed in white but were sanded back to achieve a warmer look.
Small but perfectly formed, the kitchen is a well used space. A ‘Lack’ shelf and ‘Asker’ suspension rails, both from Ikea, add to the kitchen storage options.
An oasis of one's own
The outdoor area was just a pile of dirt before it was paved with sandstone.
Bedroom on a budget
The bedroom is filled with crafty solutions. The bed was just $60 on Ebay and, with a couple of coats of white paint, fits the cottage's sun-bleached style.
Bathroom chic on the cheap
Affordable fittings from Hardware & General were chosen for their simplicity in the bathroom. The result is understated but also elegant.
The desk is yet another bargain decorating trick. ‘Vika Arthur’ trestle legs from Ikea were paired with an old bedhead as the desktop.
The garden is shared by all the family but a hammock piled high with cushions is an ideal respite.