Architecture Architecture design director Nick James’ favourite aspect of this thoughtful renovation is a feature that isn’t even fully formed yet.
‘In time, this house will be consumed by its gardens. Already, the buzz of pollination fills the air: bees, blowies and butterflies. Nestled between three native crops, nature has the jump start,’ Nick says.
Homeowners Kimberley and Justin wanted to minimise their environmental impact in the renovation, while still creating their ideal three-bedroom house with a new kitchen, dining and living room extension.
Small updates to the existing property were made to help blend old and new elements and reconnect the entry to the backyard, including an intriguing ‘green corridor’ that links all living spaces.
Keeping sustainability front of mind, the revamped home embraces passive design principles as well as locally-sourced, reclaimed and recycled materials throughout. Gently curved edges and a central courtyard provide abundant natural light to the building’s interior.
New concrete floors also provide thermal mass for winter, while deep eaves and strategically placed windows create shade and cross-ventilation, ensuring the home is built to be enjoyed all seasons.
‘The extension is modest, taking only a small area for its occupants and leaving the rest of the site for nature…The natural environment spills into leisure and living areas, offering an ideal space for entertaining friends and family.’
Now the glorious backyard is no longer lost among the old and convoluted floor plan, it’s the hero of the home!
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