Semi-detached dwellings built in the post-war period were often constructed with decorative features at the frontage and austerity behind the facade. This dwelling along with it’s attached pair demonstrates these aesthetic characteristics such as decorative face brickwork and terracotta roof tiling thus contributing to the local heritage significance of the area and necessitating retention of some of the original fabric.
The program for this project was to expand the modest floor plan for a family of five using efficient planning and with a focus on quality of space over quantity. The side entrance was shifted to establish a central entry courtyard also serving as a transition zone between old and new building fabric.
Rooms have been logically organised around the central courtyard dividing bedroom and living zones, childrens' and adult private spaces. With a south-facing rear garden, the courtyard further serves to draw natural light deep within the narrow ground floor plan and allows seasonal expansion and contraction of the central zone of the house.
Builder: Viacon Projects
Structural Engineer: Lindsay & Associates
Civil Engineer: AKY Civil Engineering
Photographer: Nathan Roderick