North Adelaide Residence by Williams Burton Leopardi

  • We take a tour behind the unassuming facade of a heritage-listed cottage, nestled in the heart of North Adelaide.

    From a humble worker’s cottage into a work of art, Williams Burton Leopardi delivers a high-end, bespoke transformation of a historic home. Overlooking the quiet, leafy parklands of Mackinnon Parade stands this deceivingly opulent Victorian-style home, combining old-world charm with elevated modernisation.

    The original dimensions of the home, with its long, narrow layout and never-ending lean-to, required a bespoke design. Williams Burton Leopardi responded by utilising the existing footprint but adding elevation at the rear to flood it with height and light. 

    To seamlessly marry the existing with the new, Williams Burton Leopardi sought inspiration from the grace of a traditional Victorian and carried it through the redesign. And so, light and refined sophistication evolved with elegant marble tabletops, timber for warmth and high-end finishes.

    Living room with pendant, couch and ottoman

    The front living room facing the parklands provides direct access to the garden via double french doors.

    In the kitchen, a monolithic honed limestone block with a custom recessed sink takes centre stage. Creating an optical illusion using a timber base, the bench appears to ‘float’ above the flooring beneath. In addition, a working bench adjacent to the main counter continues this floating theme through its cantilevered design, with a floor-level window that reveals garden foliage.

    Williams Burton Leopardi curated a selection of furniture for comfort, and with purpose, including pieces reminiscent of mid-century design. Custom steel windows and bifold doors surround the north-facing living area to invite the outside in. Outside, crazy paving paired with limestone tiles under a vine-covered pergola creates an ideal space for relaxed weekend reading in the northern sunshine.

    Laundry stone sink and tap

    A spacious laundry features a recessed stone sink with sophisticated bronze tapware, reflecting the kitchen interior scheme.

    Williams Burton Leopardi reimagined a traditional worker’s cottage into a home with all the trimmings; private bathrooms for both bedrooms, separate living spaces and generous-sized bedrooms only add to the impression. 

    The Williams Burton Leopardi team have brought this character-filled North Adelaide home into the present, with custom details, sophisticated finishes and a strong connection to its outdoor living spaces. 

    Bathroom tap and counter
    Bedroom bedhead with bedside table and lamp

    Read lamp by Caravaggio and Willow bed frame by Jardan

    Victorian style worker's cottage

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