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May 6, 2015
Check out the results of these transformations down under.
Façade with custom cedar windows and wooden dowels

The cottage in Annandale that architects John Wilkin and Susanne Pini purchased in 2000 was botched by a heavy-handed 1970s renovation that stripped away its historic features, so the couple opted to treat the building like a blank slate. By keeping the existing shell intact while drawing from building traditions of the Far East, Wilkin and Pini added their own take on ornamentation.

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Vang@taverne-agency.com
Originally appeared in Almost Perfect
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Annandale Home addition view from backyard garden

A modern addition in Annandale strengthens a home's connection to the outdoors and enhances natural light. The home's new polished concrete floor and white cladding extend into the garden, drawing occupants to the serene rear porch.

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Originally appeared in Renovation Near Sydney Opens Home Onto a Lush Garden
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facade of modern house in Australia clad in corrugated metal

Australian firm Carterwilliamson Architects converted a 19th-century cow shed into a residence that implements passive heating and cooling principles.

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Originally appeared in A Renovated House in Australia
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Christopher polly architect portrait exterior

In the Sydney, Australia, neighborhood of Rozelle, architect Christopher Polly has renovated a house with green design in mind. By opening up the plan, adding floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls to the rear of the house, deftly organizing windows, and repurposing elements of the original structure, Polly created a residence that's attuned to its environment.

Originally appeared in Space Race
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Hello house in Melbourne with patio off the street

A new addition and a bold exterior treatment transformed this Victorian house in Melbourne into a neighborhood gem. Here, a garage-style door separates the patio from the street.

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Originally appeared in This Bold Renovated Victorian Spells Out "Hello" on Its Facade
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Cut Paw Paw house in Australia with glass door separating indoors and outdoors

A pre-WWII bungalow in Victoria, Australia is now a bold experiment in indoor-outdoor living. A steel-framed, bi-fold door system by Skyrange Engineering separates the edge of the house from the outdoor area.

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Peter Bennetts
Originally appeared in Indoor-Outdoor House Looks Completely Unfinished, And That's the Point
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Backyard facade with Viridian ComfortPlus glass windows

A surprisingly modern addition transforms an 1880 bungalow in Adelaide, Australia, into a spacious and sensuous abode. For the addition in the back of the house, the shape of the roof eave was designed to allow winter sun into the house while cutting out the hot summer sun.

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James Knowler Photography
Originally appeared in This Luminous Australian Renovation Packs a Lot Into a 23-Foot-Wide Lot
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back storied exterior

Without altering its turn-of-the-20th-century facade, architect Christopher Polly transformed the rear of this Newtown, Australia, home from bleak to bright. A louvered clerestory of low-e glazed windows naturally ventilates the new space; ample built-in storage completes the crisp, uncluttered interior.

Originally appeared in Five Open Decks
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Façade with custom cedar windows and wooden dowels

The cottage in Annandale that architects John Wilkin and Susanne Pini purchased in 2000 was botched by a heavy-handed 1970s renovation that stripped away its historic features, so the couple opted to treat the building like a blank slate. By keeping the existing shell intact while drawing from building traditions of the Far East, Wilkin and Pini added their own take on ornamentation.

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