In Progress: Creation of a new rear extension to a 1920’s free-standing cottage in Manly for a family of five. The new extension is designed to extend the home seamlessly into the rear (northern) and side (eastern) setbacks to facilitate outdoor living, dining and relaxing as a family, responding to a love of outdoor living gained from living abroad in South East Asia. A central courtyard with double height curtain glass wall provides a sense of escape and privacy from the gaze of adjoining properties which bound it on three sides. Externally the court provides a space to shower outdoors after a swim/surf. Internally it creates a central circulation spine to connect with the upstairs parent’s retreat and an additional bedroom which doubles as a home office and guest room. The second storey addition, while increasing the amenity and floor space of the home, is sculpted in a considered manner to achieve a scale and massing that is sympathetic and complementary of original heritage home.