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This Kiama home was built on the site of a 1960s cottage and the owners wanted to retain some of that look. The kitchen (right)
was designed as a key feature in the house.
Items with a splash of red (left) were used to create focal points
around the home, which retains a cottage feel outside (right).
Mix of past and present
Striking a balance between old
and new was the design
inspiration for a cottage-style
property in Kiama.
The owners had occupied a
1960s classic cottage for several
years before a growing family
Not wanting to leave their
coveted site overlooking Surf
Beach, the couple decided to
demolish their property and build
a family home that conceptually
mirrored their former cottage.
Kiama business Paul L Kirk
were engaged for both the design
and construction phases.
Administration manager Leisa
Kirk describes the home's design
as a collaborative process between
the team and the owners.
''The couple were adamant
they wanted to maintain the
cottage's traditional features but
incorporate modern touches,'' she
''They were really thoughtful
about what their family needed
and what would best accentuate
the site and we wanted to help
bring that visualisation process to
The couple stayed close to
home during the property's seven-
month rebuild to maximise their
involvement in the overall look.
To recreate the traditional
cottage feel, the Kirk team used
external cladding, coupled with
timber framing for windows and
Internally, wide hallways,
picture rails and high ceilings
were utilised to reflect the vintage
The property's spacious
verandah is a highlight, wrapping
from the western to northern side
of the home.
Offering a safe and private play
and entertainment area, outdoor
kitchen and barbecue, Kirk says
the outdoor space is perfect for
every member of the family.
''The owners have two young
twin boys so they wanted
somewhere where the kids could
have all their toys and play
outside,'' she says.
''This space is great because it
offers seamless movement
between inside and out with big
sliding doors connecting the deck
with the indoor living area.''
The kitchen is also a key
feature in the home and uses
double doors to cleverly conceal
the entrance to the pantry.
This space-saving design
allows the family a full working
kitchen without having to display
it ''working'' throughout the day.
The splash of red in the quality
fittings and pendant lights works
as the focal points of the room.
Maintaining a commitment to
classic design, the home's
simplicity is a throwback to the
traditional cottage's use of
polished lines and symmetry .
Kirk says carpentry and paint
were used to accentuate the
home's clean, adjacent style.
''The construction and design
of the home gave the team a great
chance to showcase their
carpentry skills,'' she says.
''The use of Dulux Milton
Moon White on the exterior
cladding and Dulux White on
White to frame the house really
emphasised the homeliness. The
tones just complemented each
other without being
overpowering.'' EMMA SPILLETT
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Set high on the hill on Jarvie Rd this renovated
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The house has a sunny northerly aspect with
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The first settlers in the area now known as Cringila
were dairy farmers and crop growers.
Construction of a direct railway line from Port
Kembla to Wollongong commenced in 1913.
The new Port Kembla branch line was opened in
Cringila began to evolve into an industrial suburb
when Charles Hoskins bought 400 acres (162ha) of
land in 1926 to establish the Hoskins Steelworks.
The steelworks opened in 1928 and in the 1930s
suburbs around Port Kembla, including Cringila,
began to grow as people moved to be close to work.
Cringila, the indigenous name for the clay with
which local Aborigines decorated themselves before
a corroboree or fighting expedition, was an
amalgamation of two suburbs - Steeltown housing
estate which opened in the late 1920s and Belvedere
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Average days on market: 98
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