Leichhardt House

Located in Sydney’s inner-west, this small 1882 worker’s cottage was given a large transformation resulting in a home that provides generous living areas filled with light for contemporary family living.

The brief was to convert the typical L-shaped layout of the original house into one that maximised the site whilst respecting the parameters.

The design has taken advantage of the gradual landfall creating a lovely transition of volumes as the house steps down from the street to the rear living area and garden. At the same time the new additions sympathetically tie in with the original cottage front and are aided by the chosen finishes.

Year 2022

Builder Pamment Projects

Structurals Alba & Associates

Glenn Haig & Partners

Safe Electricians

Cool Cats

Tom Ferguson



The ground floor accommodates one bedroom while the first floor contains two more bedrooms and bathrooms which are connected via a hallway with study.

A crucial element in the design is a circular skylight above the central void which brings light into the centre of the house.

Another skylight runs the length of the northern wall of the living area and highlights the off form structure.

A cellar accessed via the living room provides an element of surprise.

Internally the finishes palette is refined but rich in texture using striking granite, quartzite and terrazzo with natural timber floors and veneer offset by white walls and polyurethane joinery. A delicate timber batten screen forms the staircase which then becomes vertical timber batten wall concealing a powder room and pantry downstairs.

The extensive renovation is concealed behind the unassuming frontage, which is traditionally finished with steel palisade fencing and tessellated tiles. Visitors to the house are continually surprised at how generous the areas feel, given the modest floorplate.

Etched in the entry door fanlight is ‘Cymru’ (Wales) by the owners, an homage to the family’s Welsh ancestory.

A curved off-form concrete outdoor bench seat is set within a beautifully landscaped garden surrounded by olive and bay trees and vertical climbers.

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