Earlier than + After: A Mild-Crammed Renovation Of A Heritage Sydney Terrace

It’s not straightforward so as to add a 3rd bed room, new toilet, and open-plan residing house to a 123 sq. metre web site with out eliminating outside house. Enamour Terrace, designed by Kitty Lee Structure in Enmore, Sydney, reveals the way it’s finished.

Kitty Lee Structure had been engaged to increase the house, initially specializing in bringing the toilet indoors (it was beforehand within the yard), and creating an open-plan kitchen, residing and eating space. Nevertheless, as Covid hit and the homeowners spent extra time at residence, the mission developed to incorporate a small higher extension.

Kitty Lee, principal of Kitty Lee Structure, explains, ‘The homeowners spent a variety of time working from their two-bedroom residence and determined that they wanted a further research house. Following strict heritage controls, part two included the extension of the rear of the prevailing roof to transform the attic right into a liveable third bed room/research.’

In renovating the house, the prevailing two bedrooms and hallway had been retained, and the format of the second bed room modified to accommodate a brand new stair to the attic room. Interval-style options had been reinstated by changing aluminium framed home windows with timber framed home windows, putting in new floorboards, and laying tessellated tiles on the entrance porch. 

The inside palette of the bottom flooring addition visually separates the brand new and previous elements of the home. Hardwood floorboards meet polished concrete flooring (hand seeded a mixture of pink and white pebbles when the slab was poured), deep blue kitchen joinery, and a timber island bench. 

‘I wished the island bench to really feel like a chunk of furnishings as it might perform because the eating desk,’ says Kitty. ‘The deep blue joinery permits the remainder of the kitchen to be extra recessive—a backdrop to the room.’

The brand new toilet continues this blue theme, paired with extra heat timber and funky gray terrazzo tiles that stretch into the lightwell. ‘The shiny end of the tiles creates a vigorous floor because the reflections on it change all through the day,’ says Kitty.

In containing the dimensions of the higher addition, the bottom flooring extension concurrently prioritises quantity, peak and pure gentle. ‘Regardless of the small web site, we didn’t attempt to maximise the interior flooring space by constructing a full second-storey addition,’ says Kitty. ‘This gave us the chance to extend the peak of the rear extension and raise the roof to the north to realize pure gentle into the brand new residing areas.’

The finished home stays a modest measurement of 86 sq. metres that opens to a rear outside eating space. Kitty says, ‘It’s an important instance of how one can obtain a useful and pleasant residence on a typical compact inner-city block that feels each open and personal.’