Located in a dense, inner urban area, the efficient planning of this house has meant that there was an actual reduction in its internal footprint. As an alternative to the large ‘box on back’ extension, this project looks at how smaller spaces and multifunctional rooms can provide a large family with the space they need. The existing house has been reduced and a flexible studio space has been added. With two energetic teenage boys to accommodate, the project became an exercise in squeezing suburban amenity into an urban site. We see the move towards smaller, more flexible houses as an essential response to conserve resources and reduce carbon footprints.
The existing Victorian has been modified by extruding the hip roof form to the rear. External screens provide flexibility and allow the living spaces to expand and contract. Built in daybeds and joinery maximise the efficiency of the house and provide wonderful places to sit and enjoy the sun.
The project makes a positive contribution to the neighbourhood by treating the busy road at the rear as a valued street address. The back of the house has been designed as another front and the studio-garage engages and activates the street.
Photos: Peter Bennetts
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