McTavish Avenue

Quality, Recycle and Re-Use is what captures the essence of this award winning 1920’s solid brick renovation.

A wonderful collaboration with our clients Becky and Bob who had an infections enthusiasm and love for recycled products that informed the design by Peter Liddington of Liddington Architecture Studio.

The Skookom Design and Construct team worked with the constraints of a Heritage overlay and with much of the existing home unusable came the challenge to transform the spaces to cater for the owners and future generations to come.

The rescue was on, and another storey added to accommodate a main bedroom, ensuite, study & storage into and above the existing roof space to capture the city and water views. We did not anticipate one of Hobart’s worst floods while the roof was partially on and the windows still to be installed. Many tarps and a sleepless night found minimal damage.

One of the most innovating elements of this renovation is the integration of old and new. For example, our very clever apprentice Thom with a furniture making background crafted the kitchen island bench, fridge panel and pantry door including the handle by reusing demolished old hardwood rafters. This created a great deal of warmth and character to the room. The new garage and front fence were constructed from bricks demolished from the renovation and results in the home remaining true to character.

Beck and Bob painstakingly stripped paint from the internal brickwork in the kitchen which is now an amazing place to cook and enjoy the company of close friends and family. Again more character, stunning result!

Reusing salvaged stained glass windows in the upper level, repurposing a dressing table into a beautiful bathroom vanity unit, and turning the old kitchen fireplace into a seat all added that element of surprise. Love it!

Photography: Brokenimage Creative