A couple with two young children loved their small cottage in North Fitzroy, Victoria, except for one thing: the dark and damp rear addition from the 1980s. While their budget for a renovation was small, they knew the dated annex had to go. With the help of Nest Architects, they completely removed the back section of the house and replaced it with a bright and airy structure. An open living area, new bathroom, and a functional kitchen were at the top of the client's wish list. The firm devised a plywood-clad pod containing the bathroom and a separate powder room that sits within the space and also separates the game room from the kitchen and dining area.
To maximize the small budget, the architects used affordable materials, such as hoop pine veneer plywood and subway tiles, but used them in unique ways — from the striped details in the kitchen and bathroom tilework to the triangular built-in bookcase that houses the television. The finished project proves that you don't need a big budget to make a big impact — just some humble materials and a little imagination.