A fibro cottage transformed inside and out

IT’S hard to believe that this stunning contemporary beach house was once a 1940s fibro cottage.

And perhaps what’s most impressive is that the total transformation took just 13 weeks to complete.

The renovation took five years to dream up and 13 weeks to create. Photo: Adam Yip.

“The discussion of what we should and shouldn’t do did take five years though,” says Hannah Daish who owns the property with her builder husband Clyde.

“Being in the construction business, we were constantly throwing around ideas as to what we really wanted, trying to decide between a full knockdown/rebuild or a renovation/extension.

Hannah and Clyde Daish are happy with the end result. Picture: Adam Yip

“The budget was really an issue and although project homes are very cost effective, we kept coming up with random ideas to extend and make good our little shack that we had actually grown to enjoy.”

In the end, Hannah and Clyde choose to renovate the property, adding an extension to the rear and a new second storey, while retaining much of the original character and layout.

One of the home’s most interesting design features is its use of concrete, which clads both walls and floors in features throughout the house.

“We wanted a raw and clean effect throughout, whilst keeping a warm feel,” says Hannah.

Timber was also used extensively, with most of the joinery and furniture crafted by local furniture designers Mr & Mrs White.

Including the kitchen island, bathroom vanity, coffee table and beam bed. Picture: Joshua White.

The pair’s signature minimalist designs can be found throughout the house, from the five metre long American oak kitchen island to their living room coffee table, bathroom vanity and oak beam bed.

The parent’s retreat includes a freestanding egg bath and dual rain shower. Picture: Adam Yip.

Hannah’s favourite spot in the home is the new parent’s retreat which occupies the second level.

The retreat includes a master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe, an open bathroom with a freestanding egg-shaped bath, dual rain shower and a private reading nook, making it every parent’s dream


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