Past and present A contrasting yet complementary rear addition to this heritage cottage has created a flowing interior with a light filled living space at its heart Previous pages: A clean-lined carport is an intimation of the new addition at the rear of this heritage cottage. Dalecki Design has created a family and entertaining-friendly expanded home by combining period charm with a decidedly modern extension. These pages: The rear a ddition is an exercise in creating a complementary feel by celebrating contrast. Ruby red brick gives way to vertical timber cladding in the modern add-on. search | save | share at So you love your beautiful heritage home, but while the classic, detailed facade is stunning, inside the rooms lack logical flow and natural light struggles to penetrate deep into the home. This was the scenario for the owners of this ruby-red brick heritage cottage before designer Janik Dalecki became involved. “The owners wanted to transform the home into an entertainer’s dream, also suitable for their young family,” says Dalecki. “While we could have extended the cottage in similar period style, the decision was made to open up the home to a new clean-lined addition at the rear. This was to be a contemporary building that contrasts and yet complements the 100-year-old home – creating a strong design statement.” A straight-on street view allows the cottage facade to dominate, but walk on a few steps to view the house at an angle and the minimalist addition in waxed hardwood is seen behind. “By opening up the layout of the cottage and complementing its intricate architectural detailing with a striking, modern addition, we gave the home a second life, transforming it into a modern three-bedroom, two-bathroom home,” Dalecki says.