The proprietor of this pre-WWII double-fronted weatherboard residence in Abbotsford was intent on retaining its humble character, besides with added house and a greater appreciation of the backyard.
‘The chance was to attach the inside with the outside, and convey the sense of a secret backyard into the brand new residence,’ explains architect Nick Harding, principal of Ha, concerning the challenge.
Reasonably than prolong outwards, Ha created a brand new open-plan residing space throughout the unique floor flooring footprint, with an extra bed room upstairs.
Wishing to take care of the house’s single-storey frontage, this whole addition was pushed again a discreet distance from the road. Its roof line angles additionally mirror that of the present cottage, making a refined silhouette of the unique kind.
A supply of inspiration for all the challenge was the gorgeous revitalisations of previous Queenslander weatherboard houses that draw the outside in. Borrowing this idea, Wendy Home affords a range of views and vantage factors to understand the environment and plantscaping by Pop Plant.
The fabric palette was additionally rigorously thought-about to stream seamlessly from the indoors out.
‘Our method to materiality primarily helps the connection between the present weatherboard and the renovation,’ says Nick. ‘The terracotta flooring extends out from the inside to the backyard, bringing heat and richness into the palette — and a way of borrowed house that expands the modestly sized residing quarters. Easy timber home windows had been chosen to mirror the trustworthy residence that Wendy Home is.’
The finished home now affords quite a lot of intimate, discrete experiences that mirror and increase the texture of the present cottage.
Nick says, ‘The spotlight of the home is the backyard, the place local weather appropriate native and unique crops guarantee a few of the unique untamed aesthetic is preserved alongside, a extra habitable, light-filled expertise.