The existing house was a three bedroom Californian bungalow home with a lean-to at the rear in which the owners lived for a few years before the renovation. The brief was to make the living spaces more suitable for a young family by resolving the awkward layout and providing a better connection to the outside.
The project was able to be passed through Council by a Complying Development Consent as it satisfied all the numerical values and the required codes. The design includes a new open plan living, dining and kitchen space opening onto the back garden and is a good study on how to maximise the northern light into an extension with an east-west orientation.
The use of different volumes incorporating skylights and high-light windows allow sun filtration and makes the space interesting throughout the day. Cavity sliding doors allow a rumpus/media room off the living space to be opened up or closed off as desired.
At the end of the existing hallway the new addition grabs you and the space opens up, the ceiling height soars and the garden flows into the house.