I do get a bit excited when a house I have done a story about from my local area gets published. This gorgeous old cottage in Berry with a modern wing extension, was the inspiration of owner Paola Zullian and her partner Nick Anderson.
This is the view from the back showing the new extension with the old cottage.
The old slab cottage was relocated from Crookwell and rebuilt, piece by piece, using traditional carpentry techniques.
The new wing features a heated concrete slab floor which Paola just loves. Vintage pieces, like the dining table are modernised with a coat of white paint.
Paola, left, and Natasha Marshall, the architect.
The main living room in the new wing combines the natural textures of wood with vintage and contemporary furniture.
The sitting room in the cottage is a cosy parents’ retreat. The doors of the master bedroom open out to encompass this area.
Natasha has done a great job meshing the old house with the new as seen in the plunge pool area which links the two sections.
Paola and daughter Chloe.
Chloe’s bedroom is decorated with vintage furniture and touches of pink.
They were living in Sydney and bought the Berry cottage as a weekender, but like us, found they were spending more and more time down here so eventually did the tree change thing. Like us they also had a young daughter, and it really is a lovely place to bring up children. Nick likes to surf and the beach is only ten minutes away.
Paola worked with local architect Natasha Marshall, a recent seachanger herself, to make a beautifully detailed design for the new wing. It is not a huge space but has lots of nifty ideas.
You can see the story in Real Living magazine – out this week.