additions and alteration
The client hoped to add some extra space to their existing home. The main items for the brief were an additional bedroom, a playroom/future teenage space and a bathroom. The aim was to add to the house with minimum disruption to the original house.
The main issue with the project was trying to get light into the new spaces. The backyard of the property is south facing so light to the addition would have to come over the existing house.
As with most projects, the client was presented with several options for their renovation. The hope was to find the most economical solution and best room configuration for their needs.
The most difficult part of this project was to get natural light into the addition. Many different roof options were explored and sun studies undertaken. The solution was an angled roof with highlight windows over the meals area. The result is a light filled living space that is a joy to be in.
The end result was that the original layout of the home remained relatively untouched. The existing lounge/dining was repurposed as a main bedroom and ensuite and the addition was constructed to the rear of the house. The extension was stepped to suit the backyard levels. These steps transition between the room spaces allowed for a better relationship and access to the back yard.
Besides the quality of light, my favourite feature of this project is that the house doesn't look any different from the street. It is not until you pass through the doors that the house opens-up to these new light filled spaces. It is a lovely experience. On a visit many years later, I remember the owner saying that "the home was like being on holidays, everyday".