The homeowners of this home got here to KIN Architects with a dense scrapbook of concepts and purposeful necessities to create their dream household house.
Their current home was a beforehand renovated Ashgrovian Queenslander — a circa Twenties type of Queenslander that includes a gabled roof and facet porch.
In renovating their Toowoomba house, the purchasers had been searching for more room to make money working from home and go well with their 4 youngsters. ‘They’re a sensible people who find themselves ordered and routine based mostly (given their massive household), a lot of the time was spent on the home temporary and purposeful planning so they may run a good ship,’ says Leah Gallagher architect and director at KIN Architects.
The purchasers beloved the character of their outdated house, however they weren’t tied to its architectural type. ‘They favored the cosiness of the cottage, but needed to have a distinction between outdated and new, with a contemporary extension that opened the house to the backyard,’ explains Leah.
KIN didn’t wish to engulf the cottage or have this sit ‘second’ to the addition, so that they pushed the equally-sized extension (each 120 sq. metres) to the rear to herald quantity and lightweight. The home sits on a beneficiant 1012 sq. metre block, so the yard nicely retained.
Contained in the L-shaped addition is the brand new lounge, kitchen, and eating space to the north, with service rooms (laundry, workplace, and butler’s pantry) positioned off the brand new house entrance on the facet of the house (behind the storage).
The addition is architecturally in distinction to the unique cottage, however options the identical color palette for continuity throughout the interiors. Stone loopy paving on the fireside brings a textural ingredient to the dwelling house that feels cosy and lived in.
‘They needed a heat gathering house that felt such as you had been transported elsewhere,’ says Leah. ‘The metal and stone work collectively to convey a extra pure and strong look to the house. It feels crisp however it’s also possible to sit on it.’
Oak flooring and a blackbutt island bench add heat to the kitchen, alongside sturdy stainless-steel bench tops and Laminex cabinetry.
Within the authentic home, the ground plan has been tweaked to higher organize the 4 youngsters bedrooms, major bed room, a second workplace, and toilet.
Bridging the hole between the brand new and outdated areas are two intimate courtyards that may be straight accessed from three bedrooms within the cottage.
‘We’re actually pleased with how the courtyard areas have labored for this house. They’re profitable in sustaining the ‘cottage within the backyard’ and it feels related to the panorama,’ says Leah.
‘It additionally offers a smooth distinction between zones. The courtyards permit respiratory room between the unique home and the extension, whereas the shared areas are positioned 5 steps up on the positioning. This actually defines the gathering space and offers larger privateness to the bedrooms within the cottage.’
Describing the finished home, Leah says, ‘It’s open, however areas nonetheless really feel small and comforting, which is important on chilly winter days in Toowoomba.’