PHILIP LEESON ARCHITECTS
This project transforms the family zone of a conventional brick veneered cottage in Deakin, providing its occupants with space, flexibility, and comfort.
The brief requested a general refurbishment of a rather tired 60ís house and a new family oriented space that had better connections to the rear yard.
A simple palate of materials allows this addition to politely extend out the side of the existing red brick building. The addition captures views back to the street and opens itself out to the pleasant landscaped rear yard via a timber deck with broad sitting steps and paved terrace. The form, rapped by highlight windows, lifts itself up and over the existing roofline to provide a northern orientation to family room.
The planning of the new family area allows for a contiguous connection with the existing kitchen and meals area. This connection is enhanced by the detailing of junctions between old and new, such as the new strip timber flooring being spliced into the original cork.
Upgrades to the existing bathrooms, kitchen and laundry bring the house into the 21st century. The palate is simple yet sophisticated, with small splashes of colour enlivening the new areas.
IMAGES: BEN WRIGLEY - PHOTOHUB