A self-contained garden cottage fit for a family of four
All of this was achieved simply and quickly, with the cottage designed, built and ready to move into in just months, allowing Matt and Nicole to start work on their next project.
“Over the next 18 months we enjoyed our cosy cottage while we watched our home being built,” Nicole tells us.
And there was plenty of room for this family of four.
“Two single beds, two study desks and clothes racks fitted nicely into the attic with its cute window,” Nicole recounts. With the stress of a house demolition and rebuild, how comforting to still be able to live ‘at home’ and be on site to project manage at all times.
The next generation
Fast forward to the completion of their new house and it was time to hand the keys to the cabin over. “We moved into our new home and mum moved into the cottage,” Nicole says.
The couple paved and installed gardens between the self-contained garden cottage and the main home, complete with a small bridge for a sense of independent access. “The cottage was a great way for mum to live nearby with support, but for us all to have our own separate spaces,” recalls Nicole.
Eleven years on, the cottage belongs to another family now.
“We sold the property several years ago and now live in Melbourne,” Nicole recently advised.
While they may have passed the keys along once more, Nicole and Matt look back on the cottage that had such an impact on their lives.
“We loved our cabin,” Nicole fondly reminisces. “The end result was often commented on by passersby as ‘a very cute cottage under the trees’.” We suspect it still is.
Nicole and Matt’s story has also made a long-lasting impression on us. Our aim, with every single build, is to enhance lives. And there is no doubt that this picture book cottage, a home for generations, is the very essence of that!
Nicole and Matt’s self-contained garden cottage is a Cedarspan Loft Cabin 20CHL70 measuring 12.6m x 3.8m. The front verandah spans the full 12.6m length and increases the width another 1.9m.
External weatherboard cladding, colonial windows and French doors are all upgraded to Western Red Cedar, and Colorbond® roofing is “Paperbark”.
Walls have been upgraded to 3m in height and it features a high-pitched cathedral ceiling and generous loft.
All measurements are approximate.