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Subiaco | Stacking the deck
or architects, landing new clients
is not always a walk in the park.
But when architect Matt Klopper
took a literal walk in his local
park, it turned into a chance meeting that
resulted in him designing the complete
overhaul of a Subiaco worker’s cottage.
“The client was a friend in my brother’s
year at school who I bumped into taking a
walk in the park one day,” says Matt.
The client was living in a three-bedroom
brick cottage with his family of five, and
the brief began simply – more bedrooms
and a playroom.
It evolved into an old-next-to-new,
seven-bedroom home with alfresco areas,
a rooftop deck and a private parents’
balcony. “The home is designed to allow
space for children, family living areas,
entertaining spaces and places for parents
to retreat,” Matt says.
The cottage had been previously
renovated but the central kitchen needed to
be reworked to let the room f unction less as
a thoroughfare and more as a living space.
Crucial to achieving this was the right
island bench, one that would encompass
a fridge, pantry, wine cellar and storage
and form the home’s central hub. The
result is an island that guests gravitate
to while the family entertains.
The elevation was enhanced with a
timber veranda and new doorway. A rear
extension was built using a steel-framed
structure that was fabricated off-site. The
For architect Matt Klopper,
a chance meeting led to the
culmination of one of his most
complex projects to date, the
extensive renovation and addition
of a traditional Subiaco cottage.
Built by Vue Developments and
designed to juxtapose the new and
contemporary against the old and
traditional, the three-bedroom
cottage is now a sensational
seven-bedroom home with
room for a family to grow.
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($39.95/small, $49.95/large) and votive tea candles ($15.95 each)
create a stunning centrepiece in the dining area and are all
available from Baileys in Claremont.
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