The owners came to Dalecki Design with a cottage that was tired and run down. It was lacking all the mod cons and was becoming too small for the growing family. The brief was to extend this humble Mosman Park cottage to accommodate their need for more space, whilst seamlessly fusing indoor and outdoor living for year-round entertaining.
The client’s intent was clear – create 3 distinct wings that separated the parents, kids and living spaces of the Solomon house. The new upper floor was designed as the kids haven which included 3 bedrooms, a common activity zone and bathroom. The rear ground floor additions – dubbed ‘the family zone’ featured the kitchen, dining and ‘sunken’ living. In designing this space, Dalecki Design carefully considered a subtle ‘broken plan’ to enable an open plan connection and allow for partial privacy. This was in line with the client’s request to create a more snug, relaxed and intimate living space to break away from the busier living zones.
In keeping with their love of entertaining, a seamless indoor/ outdoor connection was essential. As was the desire for multiple outdoor spaces within the backyard, that incorporated different layers and entertaining zones for various uses. The natural sloping topography of the site worked to their advantage to create this effect. The outdoor design featured a main alfresco which opens seamlessly to the main internal living area, a sunken lawn zone with the surrounding alfresco ledge acting as casual seating, and a further sunken pool and deck. Mirroring this internally, the new living space also utilised stepped sections to create a sunken effect as per the ‘broken plan’ style design.
Given the clients’ original Melbourne inner city roots, there was particular interest in paying homage to the popular architecture and mixed material pallet common to the east coast.
Externally, the design took a bold approach incorporating dark materials and textures around the alfresco, carport and upper floor pod, softened with small highlights of natural timber on the lower level, landscaping and crisp white walls around the pool area. Absolute attention to detail was given to purposefully and delicately translate these external elements internally across areas such as the fireplace cladding, exposed concrete floors, natural timber cabinetry and exposed recycled brickwork.
After reaching out to Dalecki Design, the owners new the subtle street presence of their cottage was about as ordinary as this house was going to get. The bold design that unravelled provides dramatic juxtaposition between new and old, separating the distinctive wings and eras of the Solomon house. Many elements were considered and uniquely interwoven to make this home function flawlessly as an active family home.