Australian Cottage Design


Our build has begun with such vigour, we already have a roof, bricks and plaster, after only a month. I wanted to create a little chronicle of our plans, thoughts and inspirations, they might be helpful to someone else one day.

I have been squirrelling away inspiration for years, so have been elected chief in charge of design, magazine tear outs and pinterest boards. I have of course, applied myself to this role as though I were secretary to the state, the only thing I like more than a category, is a sub-category. Joel has dutifully looked over my ideas using his vetoes to rein me in.

We are old souls and love the character of heritage homes from the Victorian/Colonial eras. Many of these homes and interiors I tore out of magazines 12 years ago (yep, I was a bizarre high school student) have a timeless quality which means they wouldn’t look out of date in a magazine printed yesterday. To me this makes great environmental sense, to have a lasting design, negating the need to update every 18 months to keep up with current trends.
Happily, I am also a bower bird, collecting trinkets as I go, so a heritage style home plays beautifully to my Vintage interior style too.

Our builders at Stylemaster were quite happy to make the changes and we weren’t charged any extra unless we were adding to the footprint of the house. Because of my reluctance to have a pole house (and snakes living underneath me again) we couldn’t build a Queenslander but we could take elements that suited us. So the floorpan features a Victorian style 9ft ceilings throughout, and central hallway, which flows through to the main living areas, providing cross breezes.

Queenslanders also have a deep protective veranda shading the perimeter from sun or allowing windows to remain open in rain. It is this idea of integrated indoors/outdoors living of a warmer climate we wanted so we have an integrated extended alfresco area which opens into the house and flows breezes though our central hall. If we lived in Tasmania we cooler temperate climate we would have a more inward design concentrating on keeping the warmth in. We have chosen weatherboard and corrugated tin roof reminiscent of Queenslanders in shades of white, darker roofs tend to attract and retain more heat from the sun, white will reflect it away. The house will have a 6 star energy rating and we have plans to add solar and a water tank in the future.

To capture a little character of a heritage home, we added a welcoming gabled portico to the front of the house complete with finial and elegant profiled details to add charm.


Some of my inspiration images:

No. 1   Love the featured entrance, it gives a timeless heritage feel see more here

No. 2   Lovely white cottage

No. 3   Light, Bright and airy like this lovely weatherboard home

No. 4   This beautiful Queenslander has intricate fretwork, check out her blog here for more pictures, she has named her house ‘Cooloola’, such a fitting name.

No. 5   This lovely edwardian house, complete with picket fence See more edwardian facades here

No. 6   Simple Victorian cottage, at the front, ultra modern minimalist architectural masterpiece at the back, check it out here

No. 7   This hamptons home with weatherboard and crunchy gravel driveway, this is a great way to add texture, see the house here.

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