When Suzanne Hunt Architect was engaged to renovate a big heritage dwelling in Dalkeith, Western Australia, she took cues from the property’s previous with the intention to create one thing new.
Initially designed by Marshall Clifton and in-built 1938, the house’s Interwar Previous English design had been recognised as an early instance of the architect’s work, who was notably influential in creating the native streetscape. Regardless of this, it was ‘drained and unloved’ after many many years of mismatched additions and renovations that felt dated, and detracted from the property’s magnificence.
‘The unique dwelling was on the Municipal Stock, however at a low degree, so it may have been doubtlessly demolished,’ Principal Architect Suzanne explains. ‘We felt it was a privilege to honour Clifton’s work and adopted his lead so to talk.’
Having seen solely ‘glimpses’ of the Marshall Clifton’s preliminary imaginative and prescient within the dwelling, they engaged specialist heritage architect Katrina Chisholm, who discovered the unique plans that helped strip the previous home again to its core. The general transient was to create a ‘calm sanctuary’ for the proprietor, an intensive care physician, and his son, that would assist him wash the each day stress away – notably amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘Our design intent was to have a tender contact, revealing and celebrating the unique design just like the cushioned stone hearth within the lounge and the unique uncovered timber function beam that had been (sacrilegiously!) lined up,’ she added.
The renovation restored the present property, solely eradicating an asbestos-riddled lean to, pool, pergolas and storage. In addition they created a 205sq m addition, which integrated a brand new kitchen, eating, dwelling, laundry, two-car storage and powder room.
‘The inside refurbishment of the previous home was simple as soon as we eliminated all of the intrusive material that had been added over time,’ Suzanne says. ‘The home appears to come back alive, and also you noticed its true character.’
In championing the home’s roots, the considerate re-design is crammed with modern nods to its origins. A step-down into resulting in the extension’s dwelling areas helps seamlessly join the previous and new, whereas the outside’s charming bagged brickwork, distinctive terracotta tiles and white facade are referenced in using Austral La Paloma bricks and the terracotta chimney.
New arched home windows assist seize lovely valley views, and sliding glass doorways open the areas for entertaining outdoors – guaranteeing the house’s lovely sense of tranquility. A big round window can be a playful spotlight of the eating room, bringing in pure mild, breeze and a peek into the backyard, however ‘each room’ has a direct connection to the Japanese-inspired landscaping. In addition they transformed the previous front room right into a serene ‘Japanese tea room’!
‘This isn’t about “take a look at me” design,’ Suzanne notes. ‘It was and can all the time be about weaving the heritage of a spot and integrating this data with our shopper’s wants into lovely structure, internally and externally.’