Our Autumn Street project quickly took on the symbolism of the cutting away of dead wood to allow for new growth. The new structure spouts from its traditional roots.
The program required the removal of a previous haphazard and quirky extension at the rear, that was not only disconnected from the remainder of the house, it was cold, draughty, and just generally unsightly. It was not a space that was considered part of the home. What a waste of a space that afforded the best northern aspect.
The new addition better supports the lifestyle aspirations of our clients, one of the essential requirements of the brief. It is a warm space that is well used, it is a space that is connected to the northern backyard (rather than looking out onto a chicken coup as it did previously) and connects with the established landscaping that now works with the house, not in spite of it. It is a space that is used for lounging, reading, playing, studying, clothes drying (we love seeing our spaces used to dry laundry in Winter).
The site lies within a Heritage Overlay, so the addition is respective of the original forms and detailing, as well as multiple roof forms, while intended to be read as a modern addition – the addition was conceived as a new shoot from established roots.
Throw in a couple of warm, bright and boldly fitted out bathrooms and the house is complete.
This project survived the accidental removal of the establish Jasmine Vine, which, was our Grand Designs moment of drama!
“Ryan has transformed our dark and damp house into a bright oasis that we love. Although the footprint of our house is now smaller, it feels so much bigger. Our delightful sun room is now our family’s favourite place to hang out. I love that on opening the front door I can look down the hallway and see sunlight streaming in.
Ryan nailed our brief and is full of clever ideas. He is an exceptional communicator and his calm and professional manner was very much appreciated, especially when Michael and I felt differently about things.
Our house is warmer in winter, cooler in summer, much more functional and a joy to live in. Thank you so much Ryan”.
Lucy & Michael.