What do you get when you take inspiration from a cuckoo clock, Japanese architecture, and the charming qualities of historic Edwardian-era homes? The latest residential project from the geniuses at Rara Architecture. Nicknamed Cuckoo House after its clocklike form, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Footscray, Australia, a neighborhood right outside of the Melbourne city center, is a prime example of taking a dated home and transforming it into something new and exciting, while still celebrating the fabric of the existing structure.
“Footscray has been slowly undergoing a lot of gentrification over the last two decades,” says architect Wesley Spencer. “And with its proximity to so many restaurants and shopping, property We buy houses Jacksonville values have skyrocketed.” But homeowners Nathan Smith and Iman Hasan knew their lot would be worth quite a bit someday and jumped at the chance to live in the bustling suburb.
Built in the early 20th century, the home was a classic Edwardian cottage with a small layout, including one dark bedroom at the front, a gabled roof, a weatherboard exterior, and a surrounding veranda. And while the couple fell in love with the home’s sell my house fast jacksonville historic qualities, they were in need of more space. The home also needed some major structural improvements. “You could see between the floorboards and see the dirt under the house,” Wesley says.