The existing asymmetrically fronted, white-painted weatherboard house reflects the history of the period through its fine timber details and fretwork.
Bounded to the east and west by existing open parkland and established gardens, the design sought to better engage with these elements of the surrounds. The sloped site was a great canvas for balancing these elements, and was navigated with a series of retaining walls to create terraced spaces.
The concrete foundation extends beyond the original footprint to become a new sandstone tiled terrace at the rear of the block. The new extension sleeves the northern façade of the original house, wrapping around it to create a new high ceilinged, timber-lined living room.
A single large window catches sun, and borrows light from adjacent deciduous trees.
The new cladding boards both reference and play with the scale of the original weatherboards, with the architects opting for an oversized Tasmanian oak ‘weatherboard’.
Operable awning shutters allow easy management of privacy and light.
The exterior of the extension has been cleverly and playfully clad in a weatherboard-like hardwood cladding. Tasmanian oak hardwood boards were glued together and painted white to resemble an oversized weatherboard. The thick hardwood boards create a highly durable cladding option.
Operable shutters are made from the same material, and become what appears like operable cladding boards. The seamless transition from shutter to cladding creates a brilliant spectacle.
Tasmanian oak doors and window frames have been left exposed internally to complement the interior palette, and were painted white externally to complement the exterior palette.
The new interiors are populated with a series of purposeful insertions, which give cues to the use of each space. Within the new bathroom, a brass screen separates the laundry from the wet area, casting a soft, warm light across the bathing space.
The major internal gesture is the vaulted living room. The soaring ceiling are lined in Tasmanian oak hardwood boards. The shiplap profiled boards wrap from the ceiling down to the walls, creating a nested feeling within the large volume.
Tasmanian oak joinery with HW battens and Tasmanian oalk veneer extend the use of timber within, creating an immersive timber interior. Slatted timber in-built seating is reminiscent of decking furniture, furthering the concept of bringing the outside in. The deep yellow-brown stain contrasts finely with the light cream hue of the sandstone flooring.