Set in a quiet street in Sandringham, the original building had two poorly executed kitchen and bathroom renovations at the back. In addition, a garage and storage lean-to was taking up a large part of the north facing garden and creating drainage issues. The clients wanted a design sympathetic to the existing house aesthetic and layout but incorporate elements that reminded of them of their previous dwelling. They also wanted to include items that house had lacked, such as a large area to cook and entertain plus space for their teenage children to retreat to.
Design decisions were made based on the family’s priority on entertaining as well as the older childrens' involvement in competitive sport. The requirements for storage as well as easy access to laundry/kitchen from the driveway were considered to simplify their daily routines. An undersized existing kitchen and non-functional fireplace were demolished and replaced with an ensuite, new media room and a lounge including a new gas fireplace and pop-out bay window in keeping with the aesthetic. The existing lean-to containing the bathroom, 2 toilets and shower was demolished and replaced with new section for a bathroom, laundry and storage area.
A new standalone exposed rafter roof now covers an open plan kitchen and dining area out to a large covered deck. The deck has been designed with built-in planter boxes, stair access to the lawn and spa as well as screening to the east to create privacy.
:Major renovation: Interior design: Planning restrictions: Landscaping design: Spatial design