Maximising size and feel through connection to outdoor spaces
The renovation of this double fronted federation house uses a series of considered openings and a carefully positioned addition to maximise the size and feel through connection to outdoor spaces. At the front of the site, the original brick section of the house, containing the bedrooms and bathrooms, maintains its solid enclosed feel, while in the middle of the site, a new north facing central deck has been constructed on floor level to provide easy access to the outdoors from both the old and new parts of the building. Responding to a flood overlay that prohibits building below the existing floor level, the new rear extension hovers above the ground plane with the backyard reached through a series of oversized concrete steps which double as seating benches. This timber and glass living pavilion opens to the surrounding landscape on three sides. A large sliding door adjacent to the dining table recedes completely out of sight to maximise the views across the backyard towards two large peppercorn trees at the rear of the block.
Location: Fairfield, Melbourne
Photographs: Rory Gardiner
Landscaping: Amanda Oliver