A weatherboard cottage in Melbourne gets a renovation and extension that make it a tranquil, live/work sanctuary.

When your office is also your home, it can be a challenge to separate work from play. But in this contemporary cottage located in Melbourne, Australia, Austin Maynard Architects struck the perfect balance, creating both a domestic sanctuary and functional workspace for a couple and their three cats. 

With the property bookended by two streets, the architects designed two front yards.

With the property bookended by two streets, the architects designed two front yards.

Photo by Tess Kelly

Sliding glass panels allow the kitchen and dining area to seamlessly flow into the Japanese-inspired garden.

Sliding glass panels allow the kitchen and dining area to seamlessly flow into the Japanese-inspired garden.



Photo by Tess Kelly

To meet the homeowners’ requests, the Victoria, Australia–based firm created a bright and airy house where they could work from home, and also easily entertain friends and family. 

Damon  Fuhrer Landscapes created a Japanese-inspired garden that incorporated bamboo, moss-covered boulders, and a water feature.

Damon Fuhrer Landscapes created a Japanese-inspired garden that incorporated bamboo, moss-covered boulders, and a water feature. 

Photo by Tess Kelly

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