By Jan Dowling September 7th, 2017. Comments Off on This small Parkside cottage is about to become an incredible family home

Got a small home on a small block? Our newest renovation and addition project in Parkside will show how you can create your forever family home with big impact.


Imagine you have a gorgeous cottage with a white picket fence in the perfect location. But there’s a problem: there’s no space for your family to live comfortably. So what do you do – sell up and leave your beautiful home or invest in a show-stopping extension? Our latest project in Parkside, Adelaide, will reveal how you can transform a small block into a seriously spacious family home.

From small house to big impact

This cottage might be a cute as a button, but when you add a family of six to the picture – it’s a real squeeze!

Parkside Cottage Before Upper Storey Extension

There are just two bedrooms, one living area and no dining space.

Family Room at Parkside Before Home Extension

The kitchen is poorly designed and dated, and there’s only one toilet, inside a combined laundry and bathroom.

Parkside Laundry Bathroom Before Home Extension

It goes without saying that the family needs a bigger home – but it would break their hearts to sell this gorgeous cottage and move on.

The answer is to build an extension and addition. But not just any addition – we’re planning a five-bedroom, upper-storey extension with heaps of character.

Going out and up

Around the back of the single-fronted cottage is where the magic will happen. We’ll be demolishing the existing rear addition to build a much larger two-storey addition that truly maximises the available space.

Rear of Parkside Cottage Before Upper Storey Extension

The ground floor will be reimagined to include a spacious kitchen, living and dining area where the family can gather and entertain friends.

Parkside Kitchen Before Home Extension

The brand new upper level will feature two bedrooms, a bathroom and an extra living area. Perfect for a big family to spread out!

The perfect finish

A project like this deserves beautiful finishes to retain the home’s charm. That’s why the owners have chosen polished concrete floors and exterior cladding with a difference. Stay tuned for details in our next video and blog!

Turning designs into reality

If you have a small home on a small block, this fantastic project will show you what’s possible. Bring us your plans and we can work with them – as we did with this Parkside cottage. Or we can design your home extension and addition from scratch.

Over to you

Find out how Dowling Homes can maximise space on your block and create your forever home.

Nothing is too hard – get in touch today!

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