In a Melbourne suburb, a rundown 1850s cottage sat vacant on the market without buyer interest. Its worn and weathered appearance didn’t deter the property’s eventual owners, Agata and Chris Millington, from seeing the potential behind the dilapidated facade, though.
The home, a prefab manufactured in Boston, was originally shipped from the United States to Australia in the 1850s and assembled on site. This historical context meant that the original structure could not be torn down, but instead had to be preserved in compliance with local Heritage Council restrictions. Unphased, the owners embraced the original structure, and set out to create their dream home.
Together with Melbourne-based Jost Architects, the couple dramatically transformed the derelict cottage into a lively and vibrant home for themselves and their young son, all in just five months.
The original rear facade can be seen, in stark contrast to the modern update. Agata and Chris Millington, an internal space planner and builder/developer, were eager to put their creative stamp on the home. Chris acted as project manager for the renovation, and the couple worked diligently with the architects to ensure the project was completed on time and under budget.
Our readers enjoyed the story of this prefab cottage, which was built in Boston in the 1850s and subsequently shipped to Australia, where it recently underwent a significant restoration.