The existing single storey weatherboard cottage was poorly lit and worn out, with most of the internal spaces being small and cluttered. The clients wanted to extend the house as well as reconfigure the existing spaces for improved orientation and living amenity. Creating a bright and contemporary interior was a high priority for the home, with living spaces which flowed into the back garden to allow fluidity and flexibility of space.
The response was an upper floor addition housing the sleeping areas, with innovative screening and glazing solutions to bring light into the house and respond to site opportunities. The pop-out box containing the staircase ensures that no existing floor space is lost to circulation, whilst also providing light and ventilation through a large louvred window. The kitchen and living spaces were reconfigured to create a more open, family-friendly plan and provide connections to the back yard.