The temporary behind this renovation in Eleebana, New South Wales, was all about remodeling the Seventies red-brick dwelling with a sequence of small adjustments that would have a huge impact.
Curious Observe director and architect Warren Haasnoot says the proprietor, Aija, introduced his staff with a modest price range, which inspired them to develop a technique round managing the scope of the undertaking, its supplies, and the ultimate design. However the result’s a lovely lesson in restraint.
‘We had been very a lot considering the way in which tiny architectural interventions may average environment inside current housing inventory,’ Warren says.
Whereas the house itself had ‘no consideration for siting and orientation’, with low ceilings and a compartmentalised floorplan, the renovation sought to reinforce the house’s sense of place by embracing its greatest characteristic, the enchanting backyard.
They eliminated the previous flat ceiling, exposing the distinctive roof construction and new timber lining added on high of the rafter created ‘new openings’ for breezes and a connection to the outside. Small updates like a window above the brand new kitchen helped with this as effectively, capturing the dappled afternoon daylight. A brand new lavatory changed the previous, whereas the entrance deck overlooking the lake that was falling aside was fastidiously reinstated.
These cost-friendly adjustments had been additionally two-fold. Warren notes how designing the prevailing home to operate in a very new method helped improve the undertaking’s sustainability, decreasing the waste of demolishing and rebuilding, along with preserving the character of the unique structure.
As the house didn’t want improve in measurement – solely amenity – nothing greater than 5 sq. metres was added onto the primary bed room. This nonetheless managed to be of essentially the most significant updates, as Aija notes how the as soon as darkish and chilly house is now her favorite place to hang around and browse, with opening on three sides that give her one of the best views of the plentiful gardens.
A easy mix of timber, darkish joinery, and textured tiles anchor interiors amongst the inexperienced tones simply outdoors her home windows. There’s nearly an assuming nature to the design, with Warren including ‘it isn’t till you cease and take a look at the constructing that you just discover the accenting options’.
‘There’s additionally a robust sense of refuge from inside as lots of the interventions reveal themselves by apertures of daylight and views,’ he says. ‘We see Ajia’s Place as an adaptive instance that may be replicated on mass.’