This was an early project we undertook for a couple of young doctors who had purchased a charming semi-detached weatherboard with a heritage overlay. Our brief included demolishing the rear lean-to and remodelling the internal kitchen and lounge so that the main living areas could be opened up to its sizeable garden. This project was also navigated through town planning.
The the charm of the existing house was our inspiration. It was elegant and understated. Once the lean to was removed, a box with a flat roof containing the kitchen was added to demarcate the old and the new. This was linked to a room with a cathedral ceiling, accommodating the dining and living -opening directly into the garden. The outcome was simple and lovely. It won the Archicentre - Best Renovation in 2009.
Highlight windows were added to draw in north light into a south facing living area. Cross ventilation was incorporated with strategically positioned louvered windows. Recycled baltic pine flooring was used over the new extension.
Roof insulation and sub-floor insulation was added to the original part of the house. The cathedral ceiling was carefully detailed to incorporate improved roof insulation.
These included double glazing, ceiling fans for cooling and air circulation. Hydronic heating. Rainwater tanks for garden watering and toiler flushing and solar hot-water service.
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