Status Update: A planning permit was obtained for the project before Christmas 2017.
Distinctive Australian vernacular elements are used in a pared back contemporary approach.
Housing styles in this suburb are composed of different styles from the Interwar and Postwar eras. This includes Californian bungalows, clinker brick 1940s dwellings and 1950s weatherboard homes; a composition of hip and gable roofs, timber straps over large stucco rendered gable ends, timber shingles, bay windows, weatherboard and eave details.
The first floor addition peeps over the existing roof with a glazed gable end, where framing millions mimic the timber straps of adjacent houses, letting in diffused Southern light. Western, Eastern windows are protected from solar heat gain by planting screens which also provide privacy screening to the upper floor rooms. External plantation louvres screen the North facing windows.
Internally, the first floor addition is dressed in a modern aesthetic; flushed ceilings, full height doors and joinery with square cut trims. The gable end over the first floor retreat conceals a hidden attic space behind the recessed entertainment unit. Windows fit within the roof form, opening up views over the neighboring roofs and the sky.