THE quirky extension to this heritage-listed Fremantle cottage won state and national architecture awards.

The original garden fell away sharply, so Freo architect Philip Stejskal bridged the old and new with floor-level drops and a flexible space that’s not really a room or an alfresco, but acts as both.

A bank of polycarbonate doors open onto a timber deck, creating an extra “room”, with stairs leading down to the garden.

At the western end of the house a wall of glass overlooks the manicured garden, and on the northern side, marine-ply shutters let in the summer breeze.

The mix of shutters, sliding panels and bi-fold doors create a versatile space, whether home alone or entertaining friends and family. The delightful garden, with its smooth dichondra lawn, is dominated by a claret ash tree and visited daily by a variety of birds including hand-fed kookaburras and magpies expecting dinner.

The bathroom in the extension is a long, lean and very modern space with a frameless shower.

The deep bath has timber, angled shutters, so you can enjoy views of the garden while having a soak, and there’s a laundry tucked behind attractive marine-ply doors.

When the owners moved into this 1890 cottage on Bellevue Terrace, it was in need of a lot of TLC.

They replaced floorboards eaten by white ants with Tasmanian oak sourced from an old school, and old ceiling roses were restored or replaced with perfect replicas.

While the floors were being replaced, a huge cellar was dug under the home.


59 Bellevue Terrace,
auction March 21, 12 noon
Barbara Roberts
0477 172 240
Acton Fremantle 

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