Through completion of the design briefing document, along with conversations with Wes, Regina and local real estate agents, it was decided that the raise up solution was not feasible within the budget, and would not yield an appropriate return, instead options for a rear extension or first floor extension were considered. In the end the first floor extension was chosen as the most appropriate on the basis that it would be designed in such a way as it would be supported on it’s own structure over the top of the existing house, without impacting on the existing structure. This cost effective solution would give the most significant impact on the home, creating significant street appeal and wow factor.
The first step was to measure the existing house and draw it up as it stands, this forms the basis for the plans moving into the design stage. Wes and Regina provided a collection of images to help portray their desired style for the house, which was to be modern contemporary, without losing connection to the original house style.
The design was presented on the 23rd of May 2014.
The design mimics and extends the architectural language of the existing single storey dwelling in its use of materials and forms to create a simple, relaxed and contemporary style.
The upper floor extension spans over the existing ground floor, creating overhangs and providing easy transitions for construction. Internalised beams provide support for the new upper floor, whilst minimising the impact on the existing ground floor planning. The ground floor has been re-planned to yield a large, open plan space rather than a series of smaller interconnected rooms. The main living, dining and kitchen spaces spill out onto a deck and seamlessly engage and connect to the rear of the block.
The roof forms wrap down the facade providing clean edged shapes that hint at a ‘coastal’ vernacular. The use of random pattern battening on the external upper floor walls reacalls the restrained battened wall treatment of the existing residence but adds a touch of play to the textures on the building.
The existing corner of the building is retained as a ‘memory’ of the original dwelling but also adds to the ‘palette’ of textures and finishes creating visual interest. A stainless steel cable trellis adjacent the porch and on the carport creates a ‘natural’ texture to blur the transition between garden and house.
Corner windows on both the stair volume and the master bedroom space open up and capture glimpses of views to the distant bay.