additions and alterations
The client had bought the property DA approved and intended to build from the existing plans. I was asked to review the plans. The approved first floor did not have sufficient ceiling heights to work and lacked the feeling of space that the client was after. It was decided a complete redesign was the best option. The new plans had to work within the approved footprint and envelope to have a good chance for approval.
The site had many constraints; it was 6m wide with a total site area of 185m/sq, it was under the flight path, there were zero boundary lines, overshadowing was an issue as was privacy and the development was to maintain the existing streetscape.
The design had to be concise due to the limited building platform. Available floor space was at a premium so there is very little wasted space. The master suite on the first floor includes an ensuite and a large wardrobe and workstation. Each of the bedrooms downstairs include ample inbuilt storage with the family bathroom and linen storage between. The laundry is neatly tucked away beneath the stairs. The open kitchen/dining and family room have a direct relationship with the backyard. Light is fed into the south facing family room via a large window cut into the family room. The use of raked ceilings create volume within the space and add to the airy feel of the home. All the existing windows and external doors where utilised in the project as they where high quality, high performance double glazed units, upgraded via a federal government flight path impact initiative many years before.