Concept Design

Cottage Meets Contemporary

Our clients approached us with a challenging brief. They asked us to propose a second storey addition that could be built independent to a major ground floor renovation slated for a few years later.

This phased approach required an extensive design process. We tested various floorplans that allowed the family to function seamlessly between the two phases.

The second storey takes liberal design cues from the existing post-war cottage. For example, the corner windows that increase the sense of space internally. These moments unite the spaces in a cohesive aesthetic that honours the past whilst surpassing the contemporary living requirements of a young family.

Contemporary Vernacular

A small intervention can have a massive impact on the quality of life. A generous hip roof extends over the existing deck to grant a larger living space and offer shelter to the Alfresco.

We wanted to create a seamless connection with the deck and garden with the living spaces. Our concept design shows removing the corner post in the façade allows the space to flow freely.

The theatrics of Skylights illuminate the spaces with a dancing light beam across the floor and wall surfaces. As the sun disappears over the horizon, LED lighting light each bay of the exposed beam ceilings, bathing the activities below in a soft, reflected glow.

Rake it in

Build upon quintessential Hawkesbury Sandstone country, the client desire was to turn the humble 70’s red brick home towards the blue gum forest and capture as much natural light as possible.

To achieve this, we placed a high volume raked ceiling over the extended living space, bookended by an east facing highlight window which welcomes the sunrise deep into the space. The kitchen pivoted against the southern wall and gains a generous outlook to the Blue gum treetops to the east and the outdoor entertaining spaces to the north. An additional external glazed door increases the porosity between inside and out. The lighting concept appears to ‘lift’ the ceiling towards the sky with integrated LED up-lighting.

Roof Realignment

Already have an attic but want to increase its usability? That’s exactly what we achieved for our clients and then some. We introduced an additional bedroom, bathroom and walk in robe to the floorspace by sliding the roof ridge up and across. We maintained the existing ceiling in the master suite as to not disturb family life during the build and lowering cost of construction. A box window addresses the front façade, aligned with the lower living room windows. This rebalances the proportions to meld into the formal pattern of the streetscape.

Above and Beyond

For when you need to see exactly what your home can be. Those of us still stuck in our planning stages might want a glimpse of our future home. We can provide high quality concept design visuals of your dream home so you can see it for yourself before construction begins, just like we’ve done here for this family in Roseville Chase.

We’ve added a second storey addition with two new bedrooms, including a master bedroom. This allowed the parents their own space, walk-in-robe, and balcony. Combining that with a new kitchen, study, and living area, we finish with a home for the guests, the kids, and the parents to enjoy.

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