The original house itself was restricted by the uniform ‘neighbourhood character’ of the street, a very narrow site at only 4.5m wide and an obtrusive views from the office buildings behind. These problems only served as fodder for Cookes’ design ideas. Maximising every millimeter of space, Cookes has cleverly designed doors that slide into walls (doubling the kitchen size), a hall that transforms into a laundry and bathroom, cupboard doors that become an office bench-top and operable walls and sliding doors that open the house into a courtyard, blurring the boundaries between inside and outside. Though The Nest is predominantly clean and subdued, moments of artistic expression can be found throughout the house, including foliage and duck cutouts, colourful splatters of paint and an intricate curved overhead mosaic. Cookes’ attention to detail and desire to add something special to every inch of the house is evident in the range of designed and custom-made door levers, pulls and mechanisms.
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