The existing house was an interesting 70’s design. It had a unique steep 30 degree pitched roof encapsulating half the building. We retained the steep pitch and extended that portion of the roof toward the rear of the property to enclose the new pool change room and bbq additions.
The street façade to the existing dwelling was non-consequential with an almost invisible confusing entry to visitors. There was no enclosure, not even a carport to house any vehicles. We added a garage / new entry component to the front of the property, creating a prominent address to the dwelling and a circulation spine providing order to the planning and movement through spaces both horizontally and vertically.
Over the garage we provided a new entertainment space with retractable vertical louvres creating a prominent streetscape feature, providing protection from the harsh western sun while maintaining access to take full advantage of the wondrous mountain views to the west. A bedroom with the possibility of becoming a teenagers retreat for a growing family. We also incorporated access to the rooftop by creating a viewing deck to enjoy an almost 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain / water / bushland views.
A glass cube provides a transparent corridor connection between old and new.
The existing portion of the dwelling was re-configured to incorporate a larger laundry, a new kitchen with greater connectivity to the outdoors and rear deck, and guest quarters with ensuite. The upper floor was redesigned with a luxurious masterbed and other bedrooms.