Project Year: 2013 – on-going
Project Cost: $700,000

One of my earlier projects, this one is a two-stage renovation project I designed for the owners. The first stage was for a single-storey addition to the existing semi, which has now been completed.

The renovation opens up the new living room to the backyard, and brings in more sunlight into the house than one would expect in the southern half of a pair of semis.

A swimming pool and cabana structure within the backyard make for a relaxed and quiet outdoor space, surprising considering the house fronts busy Old South Head Road. The rear deck is sheltered by an operable vergola, blocking out the harsh western sun when required.

The front façade has been designed as a contemporary addition complementing the form of the existing roof. The new roof is setback from the party wall to allow for north-facing windows, which will flood the interior of the house with sunlight on both levels when built.

Design features

Open plan living-dining-kitchen extension Split level design with concrete floors, improving the physical flow from the house to the backyard Bespoke kitchen and bathroom design, with dining table integrated into kitchen island Structurally required steel portal frames expressed as a feature Engineered timber floorboards and polished concrete floor
Enclosed garage approved within front setback

Builder: Totally Stripped Australia
Structural engineer: Alba and Associates
Stormwater engineer: ITM Design
Landscape design: Mike Cass Creative
BASIX: hecticrAt Architects
Approval path: Development Application, Woollahra Council