The Sweet Meadow is a modest 1920’s cottage in the heart of the historic Port Precinct in Echuca, Victoria. The cottage has been a private residence, aquarium, office, and most recently, a candle shop. After a short period of vacancy, the perfect partnership between an owner and tenant allowed the ambitious founder of The Sweet Meadow to transform the cottage into her dream vegan juice bar and cafe.
Although the cottage had a colourful history, in essence the building remained relatively residential, with the original bedrooms, kitchen and bathrooms creating a series of small spaces difficult to work with in a cafe. The transformation allowed internal walls to be partially demolished to provide space for more natural light, better supervision and a better flow through the cafe. Brighter paint and glossier floor finishes teamed with the business’ own flair for furnishing and greenery have also lightened the space.
Externally, large, bi-fold windows were added to create a better connection with the street. The roof and verandah were replaced and an extra bay added to restore the verandah to its former glory. The weatherboards were straightened and given a lick of paint while an accessible ramp and a outdoor dining area were added to the nature strip to bring The Sweet Meadow to life.
Photography: Aishe Besim, The Sweet Meadow