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The informal semi-alfresco living spaces of this house now open out to a new landscaped pool terrace. The colonialstyle residence was updated by architectural designer Giancarlo Crugnale of Gage Roads Construction






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TIGHT SITES Small beginnings Hidden stonework on a 19th-century worker’s cottage is unveiled in this renovation, which includes a modern addition at the rear

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Less is more Removing walls and adding classic designer pieces has given this home an air of understated modernity


TRADITIONAL MEETS MODERN Honest expression A classic brick home is expanded and future-proofed with a contrasting geometric addition to the rear


Opposites attract There’s a clear juxtaposition between the old and new in this renovated property – the addition is a large flat-roofed element wrapped entirely in black, with the cladding laid on the vertical


LIGHT & SPACE Change of heart The traditional exterior of this remodelled bungalow belies a radical transformation for modern family life


Nature study Renovating this 1960s post-and-beam house has opened it up to the landscape and enhanced the guest entry and living spaces


Internal landscape Shoehorned into a laneway on a tight city site, this house and artist’s studio look inwards to a restful courtyard and a forest of green


Second time round Renovating this house involved a Mid-century makeover that maximised both the views and the modernity of the ’60s design


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This extensive makeover added a light-filled contemporary addition that looks to the rear lawn and pool. A glass enclosure enhances the space.

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Side by side Ingenuity is to the fore in these projects, where every square metre counts

Small beginnings Hidden stonework on a 19th-century worker’s cottage is unveiled in this renovation, which includes a modern addition at the rear


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Heritage-listed properties pose plenty of challenges for architects and designers, especially when the homes are small and the building sites are tight. This property, in a prime location not far from the beach, fell into that category. An 1897 worker’s cottage on the site, built from limestone, needed to be restored. But at just one room deep, it was never going to suit a family, says project director Adrian Fratelle of Ecohabit Homes. “We needed to build an entirely new house behind the cottage, but it was not


Preceding pages and left: To restore the original limestone blocks and brick quoins on this 19thcentury worker’s cottage, the owners needed to strip back several layers of render that had been added over the years. Ecohabit Homes designed the contemporary addition at the rear. Above left: With its blackwashed cedar cladding, the new volume has a sleek, pared-back aesthetic that offsets the traditional character of the cottage, without detracting from it. Top and above: The renovation of the cottage is in keeping with the era, both inside and out.

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straightforward,” Fratelle says. “Local regulations determined that the addition had to be a complementary, yet standalone structure – there needed to be a clear separation physically and aesthetically.” The architect’s solution was to contrast the traditional character of the cottage with a blackwashed cedar-clad volume that frames the building in front. “In addition to planning a new house, we needed to restore the cottage, which was derelict,” says Fratelle. “The owners, who undertook all the building work


themselves, chipped off numerous coats of render, which had completely hidden the beautiful limestone. At some stage, many decades ago, lean-to accommodation had been added to the house. This was all removed, and the interior was gutted and completely relined.” The team also rebuilt the veranda, with new balustrading providing separation from the pavement – the woodwork was painted a soft smokey blue shade. The cottage is now an inviting home office, complete with sofa and wine cellar.

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The old building is connected to the new volume via a flat-roofed linking element that provides a circulation area and laundry. But the main entry to the house is reached by a narrow path to the right of the cottage. “This is a very tight site, so every square metre had to be maximised, both inside and out,” says Fratelle. “We also wanted to orientate the house to the north, so it would be warmed by the sun in winter. At the same time, we needed to be able to cool it down quickly in summer.”

Facing page: A boardwalk leads to the main entry to the house, in the modern addition at the rear. A pond alongside the path lends a Zen-like quality to the entry. Above: Chairs of different colours enliven the dining area within the main family living space. On the right is a blackboard wall and doors to the lift. These are covered with a photographic mural. Left: The kitchen wraps around two walls and includes a large island. Overhead cabinets, in white, provide additional, unobtrusive storage.

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Above: Designed to provide natural cross ventilation, the house opens to a small outdoor living area on the northern side. A retractable awning provides plenty of shade in summer. Facing page: An elevated plunge pool is reached by a series of stone steps, with a glass gate at the bottom providing a safety fence. Right: A small, flat-roofed linking element fits between the two buildings. As well as providing a circulation route, the space accommodates laundry facilities. It opens to a small courtyard where the laundry can be hung out to dry.


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Fratelle says the timber construction helps achieve these aims. The house is well insulated, but the bedrooms on the upper level can be cooled more quickly in the evenings, than would be the case with a traditional double-brick construction. The house opens to an outdoor living area on the left side of the site. The architect managed to include an elevated plunge pool at one end of the patio, and a children’s play area at the other. A retractable awning over the 4.5m-wide opening provides welcome shade in the summer.

“With plenty of cross ventilation, the owners rarely need to use the air conditioning,” says the architect. “Being so close to the coast, the house benefits from the sea breezes.” The main living area runs the full length of the house, with the kitchen wrapping around the walls on the north and west. A large island helps to separate the work area from the dining table, and provides plenty of storage and bench space for food preparation and serving. And although dark materials were used,

these are reflective, so they bounce light around the room. A door in the kitchen opens to the transition zone linking the old and new buildings. The kitchen also overlooks a small landscaped courtyard between the two buildings, where laundry can be hung to dry. Bedrooms are positioned on the upper level, and can be reached by a staircase or by a lift. In the living room, the doors of the lift feature a photographic mural depicting the interior of an old cottage.

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Above: Tiles with a rusty metallic look line the master bathroom. A full-height window on the far side of the shower ensures there is plenty of light pouring into the room. Above right: The wardrobe in the master bedroom features sliding Perspex panels with a reflective finish that helps to make the room light and airy. Right: Colourful linen enlivens the all-white family bathroom on the sunny side of the house.


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“Again, we had to maximise the space on the upper floor, to accommodate three bedrooms and two bathrooms,” Fratelle says. “We positioned the family bathroom on the north side, so the sun can warm the space in winter, and help to keep it dry.” “To create a more spacious look for the master bedroom, we introduced Perspex sliding doors for the wardrobe. The highly reflective panels lighten the room.” The ensuite bathroom features ceramic tiles with a warm metallic patina that is in keeping with the heritage connection.

Project director: Adrian Fratelle, Ecohabit Homes, (Northbridge, WA) Structural consultant: Advanced Building Engineers Environment Consultant: Australian Energy Efficiency Building surveyor: RG Lester & Associates Builder: Grainge and Jess Ryall Cladding: Blackwashed cedar Doors and windows: Cockburn Joinery Floor and bathroom tiles: European Ceramics Carpet: Godfrey Hirst Lighting: Halo Lighting Kitchen cabinets: Lacquered, by Cockburn Joinery Benchtops: Attica

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Urban conversion A commercial office building is transformed to include a new pied Ă terre, complete with internal courtyard


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In recent years, our inner cities have been revitalised by urban renewal. And one of the most exciting aspects of this has been the adaptive reuse of commercial buildings, such as the one featured here. Architect Lindy Leuschke, who was commissioned to design a major conversion, says the building was typical of the concrete edifices built in the 1960s.

“It was a large, two-storey commercial building with a gabled roof, and it covered an entire corner site,” Leuschke says. “The owners wanted to transform two-thirds of the building into new commercial space, and the remaining third was set aside to create their own 180m2 residence.” From the street, there is just a little clue as to what lies beyond. Two steps lead

to a private entry defined by a reflective green glass panel and a door to the side. “The shiny green glass is a lively contrast to the sombre mass of the concrete building,” the architect says. “It defines the entry and gives it a human scale that is more appropriate to a private home. Similarly, the galvanised iron mesh at one side marks this as a residential entry – it will

eventually be covered in green vines and flowers.” On the inside, the building was gutted, and a doubleheight void created for the open-plan living area. To bring in sunlight and fresh air, the roof was removed from part of the building, exposing a 5m x 9m north-facing courtyard. One entire wall of the living room opens up to this outdoor living area.

Facing page: Plants and creepers bring a domestic scale to this entry within a renovated 1960s commercial building. The two steps and a bright green glass panel also help to identify this as the entry to a private residence. Above and following pages: The front door opens to a passageway that leads to a double-height, living area. Bedrooms are accommodated within two wings on the upper level, one either side of the living volume.

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Top: Large doors open up the living room to a sunny courtyard planted with lancewood and cabbage trees. Above: Kitchen and dining facilities are at one side of the living space. The ceiling height here is lowered, due to the “floating platform” that is the guest suite above. Because there is no cavity space within the floor of the platform, the lighting is not inset. Most of the lighting comes from two wall uplights on opposite sides of the room.


“Because this is the only outlook, we added a central planting area with sculptural lancewood and cabbage trees,” says Leuschke. “The foliage is not dense – you can see right through the trees.” Parts of the building that are now exterior walls are lined in cedar or powdercoated aluminium with cedar battens, which add texture and visual depth to an otherwise flat wall.

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On the inside, the emphasis is on the quality of the fit-out. Leuschke says the owners wanted a refined interior, rather than a hard, raw look. “We opted for high-quality materials, such as the Italian Carrara marble floor tiles in the living area. Bronze aluminium joinery also lends a richness to the interior.” Black lacquer was specified for the kitchen cabinets, set

against the rear wall of the living space. Again, the dark palette is enlivened by bright colour – in this instance a row of overhead cabinets in orange glass. The owners also introduced a bright red lacquered fireplace cabinet that doubles as a piece of furniture. Colourful artwork and cushions add further punch. Bedrooms are positioned in two wings. The master suite, in

Above: Part of the roof was removed to create the courtyard, which is on the north side of the residence. This allows natural light to flood the interior on both levels. The exterior walls surrounding the courtyard are a mix of stained cedar and powdercoated aluminium with cedar battens. Legend to plan: 1 entry, 2 living room, 3 garage, 4 courtyard, 5 study or third bedroom, 6 master bedroom, 7 master bathroom, 8 guest suite.

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Architect: Lindy Leuschke NZIA, Leuschke Group Ltd Architects (Auckland) Builder: Keith Hunter Builders Kitchen manufacturer: Fabulous Kitchens Cladding: Symonite; cedar Doors and windows: Rylock Aluminium Floor tiles: Carrara marble from European Ceramics Paints: Resene Lighting: ECC; Lightplan Fireplace: Escea Furniture: ECC Outdoor furniture: Poynters Kitchen cabinetry: Black lacquered; orange colourbacked glass Benchtops and splashback: Quartz Appliances: Fisher & Paykel, available from Kitchen Things Bathroom vanity, basins and taps: Robertson Agencies Bathroom tiles: European Ceramics Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel

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the east wing is a single large room with the bathroom and dressing room separated by a freestanding wall. This wing, which includes an additional bedroom or study, has its own staircase. The west wing, reached by a separate set of stairs in the living room, is a guest suite. This bedroom appears as a platform that floats above the living space – an effect that is

heightened by a glazed wall overlooking the living room. Existing skylights above this room were restored to provide ventilation as well as natural light. The two main bedrooms also have a view over the courtyard, while the third bedroom gains light from the entry. “The guest suite is rather reminiscent of a hotel room,” says Leuschke. “It has a small wardrobe and a desk area with

a drawer. Because it is not used all the time, it can be left exposed so the volumes can be better appreciated.” Other key features of the interior include the heavy staircases, which are deliberately chunky and oversized to help anchor the space visually. Laundry facilities are along one wall of the double garage, which has a door that opens directly onto the courtyard.

Facing page and top left: The guest suite appears suspended within the double-height volume. Dark curtains can be pulled to screen the glass wall of the bedroom. This room also has skylights, which provide ventilation as well as light. Above left: This luxurious bathroom is an extension of the master bedroom. It features similar black lacquered cabinetry to the kitchen – the limited material palette ensures the interior is not too cluttered.

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Less is more Removing walls and adding classic designer pieces has given this home an air of understated modernity A few simple, assertive design strokes can transform the look and feel of a home without the need for budget-breaking grand gestures. When it comes to house and interior design, a great deal can change in a few short years. This three-level house was built in the 1990s, but its tinted green glazing and bronze window frames had given the exterior a dated feel, says project architect Tomas Jaramillo of Ong & Ong, who undertook the renovation project together with interior designer BK Teo. “We were on a limited budget and needed to make simple changes count. Most work was on the interior, but we replaced the bronze frames with anodised aluminium, and put clear glass in the windows. The facade was simplified and reclad in teak. We also put a raised platform in the wading pool alongside the house to make it safer for children. “The owners wanted the rather cluttered interiors to be given a contemporary, almost minimalist look. Consequently, we took out the walls between the kitchen, dining and living areas, and opened them up into a single large entertaining space on the ground level.” Jaramillo says some rooms were repurposed, and a new master suite with walk-in wardrobe was added into the previously under-used third floor attic. In addition, all the bathrooms were replaced. “Much of what we did on this project was a subtle reworking of what went before,” he says. “For example, the chrome and glass balustrading on the stairs had been a prominent feature. For a simpler, cleaner look, we boxed in the balustrades on both sets of stairs. We used teak panelling for this on the ground level, which we also used to conceal storage and an entry to a powder room. The upper balustrade was painted white to match the walls.” Existing marble floors were retained, along with a parquet floor in the master bedroom.

Left: On this renovation by Ong & Ong, clear glass and aluminium window frames update the home’s look. The facade was also simplified and reclad in teak. Following pages: With walls removed, the open living spaces look to a new modern kitchen and a newly teak-clad balustrade on the staircase, complete with strip LED lighting and hidden panels. A bookcase on the first floor screens out the media room behind.

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Jaramillo designed a bookcase at the top of the landing to screen the television room from the light-filled space opposite. The teak shelves do, however, allow filtered light through and let parents keep an eye on proceedings. “We also designed a new L-shaped kitchen that would be on show to the open-plan living spaces. This has a wet kitchen that can be closed off and kept out of sight when the owners are entertaining. The dry kitchen is mainly in stainless steel and roughcast concrete, giving it an industrial edge. Similar roughcast concrete panels at the other end of the room serve to bookend the space.” BK Teo worked closely with owner Hwee Sze Lim on the furniture selections, spending days reworking and test fitting with 3-D visuals to arrive at the final selections. He says the look was to be that of classic, modern furniture. “We chose mainly simple, iconic pieces from famous design houses. The Cassina living room sofas are a good example – low furniture also adds to the impact of the open volume. We selected a mid-tone upholstery leather to complement the generous use of teak in the room.” A classic E15 Bigfoot dining table is a highlight – this is robust enough to withstand the knocks from family living. Hans Wegner Wishbone dining chairs were chosen for the adults, with a bench seat for the children. “The dining area is the only double-height space in the home and we accentuated this volume with two Raimond Lamp pendants by Raimond Puts for the Dutch designer brand Moooi,” says BK Teo. “I also selected a modern chandelier from US design studio Workstead for the living room, and three pendants in the kitchen from Danish designers, &tradition.” Jaramillo says the renovation has added a sense of spaciousness and flow to the home, and given it an understated relevance for the 21st century.

Left: Teak panelling brings warmth to the living spaces, which have mainly glass walls and the original white marble floors. The new kitchen balances smooth stainless steel against a feature surface of roughcast concrete. Another concrete element is set at the far end of the room. An E15 dining table and Hans Wegner Wishbone dining chairs are just two of many iconic furniture pieces dotted through the interiors.

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Architect: Ong & Ong (Singapore), studio directors, Maria Arango and Diego Molina; architect in charge Tomas Jaramillo. Interior designer: BK Teo, Ong & Ong Kitchen designer: Maria Arango, Diego Molina and Tomas Jaramillo Kitchen manufacturer: Furnistyle Builder: Royce Chai Construction Cladding: Plaster, wood and glass Roofing: Existing Doors and windows: Solid teak strips for front door, anodised aluminium window frames Floors: Existing marble and parquet Kitchen cabinetry: Acrylic and stainless steel Benchtops: White quartz Refrigerator: Sub-Zero Furniture: Sofas by Cassina from Dream Interiors; E15 dining table, bench and kitchen stools from P5; Wishbone dining chairs by Hans Wegner from Space Lighting: Workstead from Workstead, Raimond Lamp by Moooi from Space, &Tradition pendant from The Lights Culture Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Khoo Guo Ji

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Right: Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors open up the interiors to the pool alongside. The architects introduced a small platform below the water level to enable small children to enter and exit the shallow pool safely. The lounge chairs on the deck are by Dedon, sourced from Xtra. The leather sofa is an Italian design classic, Cassina, from Dream Interiors.




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About time These renovations boldly juxtapose elegance and age with the excitement of the contemporary

Honest expression This classic brick home has been expanded and future-proofed with a contrasting geometric addition to the rear In times gone by, an addition to an historic home might have painstakingly matched the old with the new. Today, such renovations often take a very different route, consciously creating a dramatic contrast in styles. The owners of this 1900s-era house had walked past architect Nicholas Murray’s own reworked home and admired the results. In due course, they approached him to expand their house in a similar way. The request was for an expansive addition to the rear of their brick house. This was to include new open-plan living spaces at ground level

and a master suite upstairs. They also wanted a new carport and a lift – this was to help future proof the residence, says Murray. “Our first move was to add a traditional veranda, sourced locally, to the left side of the house. To make the entry more prominent, we pushed out the front door and bluestone sill. Further down the facade, a bay window was added to the study. “On the other side of the house we put in a modern cantilevered carport in structural steel that appears to just touch the red brickwork, creating a contrast between the two structures.”

Preceding pages and facing page: Strong contemporary lines characterise the new addition in this major renovation by Nicholas Murray Architects. The front door of the original Victorian brick house was moved to make the entry more prominent, and a veranda added. Above: The new carport has a clean, geometric quality, in deliberate contrast to the traditional home. To the rear is a timber-clad shed and a new glass lift.

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Above: The original home is separated from the addition by a double-height void, with the external facade becoming an internal wall in the new structure. A timber blade wall accentuates the height of the addition and screens the entry to a powder room. The design negotiates a drop in land level with steps in the interior and on the rear deck. Caravaggio Opal pendants feature over the dining table.


With the new living spaces and master suite pushed to the rear, the existing interiors were reshuffled. The original kitchen is now a study, the living room has become an informal lounge, and the former master bedroom is now a guest bedroom. A glass-fronted lift was installed behind the contemporary carport. Much as the carport appears to just touch the facade, the extension also seems to stand close, but just apart from the brick structure. A soaring double-height void where the two meet emphasises the transition between old and new. Outside, a pool offers another visual

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divide, where the two structures diverge on this side of the house. Past the void, the new open-plan space includes the brick rear wall of the original home as part of its internal fabric. An existing window in the facade was retained, and backed in mirror – the reflection gives the illusion of looking out to the trees, says Murray. “Four zinc-clad pillars here are another example of bringing the external cladding inside. We laid the zinc in tapering panels, to prevent the edges from flaring, or oil-canning, as they do on the exterior. This creates a more

refined look, better suited to the interiors.” These pillars and a sharp rise in ceiling height over the living area demarcate this space from the dining area and kitchen. For additional impact, the ceiling over the living area was limewashed. A wall of wooden shelves at the end of the room provides a showcase for the owners’ photographs and objects. At the other end of the space, the kitchen island is clad in wooden boards similar to the flooring. These offer a durable surface and help the island blend into the space. The marble top is cantilevered at one end, so that it can be used

for casual dining. A mirrored splashback reflects the views. The clean-lined kitchen is ideally suited for entertaining – all the cooking appliances are hidden away in the separate, highly functional butler’s pantry behind. Next to the kitchen is a reading nook and the outdoor kitchen is behind this. Seen from the rear, the addition is a relaxed composition of geometric forms and planes. To the right, it is expressed as a square frame that edges out past the side of the original brick house and can be glimpsed from the street.

Top: Earth-toned floorboards with a prominent grain feature on the floor, and also the island cabinetry. The white volume behind the island contains services, and is a selfcontained element in the greater space. Above: One of the owners is a dedicated chef and wanted a professional-style cooking space. The butler’s pantry serves this role, and is fitted with heavy-duty, stainless steel appliances.

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Preceding pages: The architect sought to bring the outside in on the extension. An original window was retained as part of the interior, with a mirror reflecting the back yard. Zinc columns offer a refined version of the material used on the exterior cladding. Right: The outdoor kitchen is clad in bluestone, laid in varying thicknesses for textural interest. The layered bluestone forms are also a subtle nod to the brick facades.


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From the garden, there is a sightline through the glass walls of the addition to the original brick facades. “This form is cantilevered to give the appearance that it is hovering above the ground, adding to its almost surreal presence,” says Murray. “At the same time, having the lawn extend underneath the form creates the illusion of greater space.” Cladding on the extension is a mix of zinc, timber and natural stone. Laid over plywood, the sheet zinc on the exterior warps at the edges to decorative effect. Murray says zinc is

Architect: Nicholas Murray ARBV, Nicholas Murray Architects (Melbourne, Vic) Builder: Kon Lazogas Kitchen manufacturer: ANA Cabinets Landscape design: The Botanical Group Cladding: VM Zinc in Anthra Black from HM Metalcraft Blinds: Clearview Sun Control Doors and windows: Anodised aluminium window frames Window and door hardware: Bellevue Imports Tile flooring: Urban Edge Ceramics; Regeneration Tiles, for veranda Wall tiles: Urban Edge Ceramics; Lithos Virgola in Carrara and Inax Agathos Trans-1 from Artedomus Wall coverings: Heritage-stripe wallpaper by Catherine Martin Paints: Dulux Lighting: Dining room, Caravaggio Opal Pendants from Corporate Culture; void, Bocci; over kitchen bench, Ala Designs from Corporate Culture Heating: De’Longhi panel heaters, Prestige System E Solar from Reece, Foster Hydronic Heating, Murelle Green Planet Boiler from Hunt Heating Home automation: Clipsal C-Bus Lift: Urban Lifts Australia Outdoor furniture: Mossimo Outdoor tiles: Bluestone by Bamstone Cabinetry: Lacquered; floorboards on island Benchtops: Stone supplied by Corsi & Nicolai and made by Stone Manufacturers International Splashback: Mirror from Frameless Impressions Cooktop, ventilation, dishwasher: Miele Refrigeration: Samsung Combi steam oven: Zug Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Andrew Ashton

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an ideal material for this style of renovation as it is extremely durable and has a matte, dark presence that recedes to the eye and doesn’t overpower older materials. “Another advantage of zinc is that it is selfannealing – any scrapes or knocks will oxidise and return the surface to its original condition.” On the other side of the extension, the black zinc starts at the top of the building and zigzags down to complete the roof over the outdoor kitchen. This element brings additional visual interest and serves to draw the upper and lower levels together.

The outdoor kitchen is clad in bluestone, which also forms the sills on the original home. “Bluestone has long been a traditional local building material. We introduced it here to bring texture to the stonework,” Murray says. The vertical strip cedar cladding used on the balustrade on the upper level and under the eaves also brings texture. The warm wood tones provide a contrast to the cool dark zinc surfaces. “This renovation reflects an honesty of form and expression. The new sits in contrast with the old to the aesthetic benefit of both. Sympathetic tones and materials draw everything together.”

Above left: The rear of the home is a composition of lines and geometric forms. The square frame element corresponds to the high-ceilinged living area on the interior. The zinc cladding is allowed to oil-can, or warp slightly for textural interest. This material zigzags down the other side of the extension, visually linking the upper and lower levels. To the left of the sliding doors that open the extension to the deck and yard is a sunny reading nook. The outdoor kitchen is to the left again.

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Opposites attract There’s a clear juxtaposition between the old and new in this renovated property – the addition is a large flat-roofed element wrapped entirely in black, with the cladding laid on the vertical


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Extending an older home often presents a conundrum – do you retain the character of the existing house, or do you opt for a more contemporary expression? There was no argument about which way this project would go – the addition contrasts the original in every possible way to signal a clear separation between old and new. Architect Evelyn McNamara says the existing house had a very small living area, and there was plenty of space to push this out towards the sunny rear lawn.

Above left and top: There’s no disguising the new addition to this 1950s weatherboard house. Architect Evelyn McNamara designed a highly contemporary black-clad volume that accommodates a new family living area. Above: The room opens to a timber deck that leads down to an alfresco dining area and a new swimming pool. Extensive landscaping has transformed the rear section, which was levelled. Left: Before the renovation, a small living room opened to a deck that was elevated several steps above the lawn.

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Preceding pages: The new lounge area steps down from the original floor, creating a light, airy living area. It also makes for a more seamless transition to the outdoors. A freestanding black box behind the dining area encloses an informal media room. The cabinetry was designed by interior designer Tomi Williams. These pages: Clad in Decortech, a scaled-down version of the Shadowclad cladding on the exterior, the internal black box makes a strong design statement. The interior of the room is lined with sealed pine plywood.


“The existing gabled roofline posed a few challenges in terms of adding a new structure,” the architect says. “By creating a large, flat-roofed extension that stands proud of the house, the roofline is essentially hidden, and there was no need to rework the entire roof.” McNamara says it then made sense to continue to contrast the new with the old – this was never going to be a renovation in a traditional disguise. “The linear form of the horizontal weatherboards is reinvented in the

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vertical lines of the black Shadowclad panelling that clads the exterior of the addition. The black also makes a strong contrast to the white weatherboards – and it frames the entire new wing, much like a piece of art.” With the large bifolding doors set back beneath deep soffits, the living room is shaded from the direct sun, but is still light and airy. “The more formal seating area with the fireplace is two steps lower than the original floor, yet the ceiling is at the same

level,” says McNamara. “The extra height enhances the sense of space and defines the lounge within the open-plan living area.” The architect was also able to create a separate media room, which appears as a smaller black box within the large black box that is the house. “This freestanding element is seen as a separate element, and consequently is more of a design feature,” she says. “For this reason also, it is devoid of decoration. It has acoustic insulation, and eventually will be glazed around the top as well.”

Enlarging the house was not only a way to give the owners a bigger living space, but also improved the circulation through the house. There is now enough space for a walkway to one side of the media room, leading to the kitchen and living area. The kitchen was not significantly altered. But a new concrete tabletop was added to the end of a peninsula to provide a perching spot for the family and friends. A built-in shelving unit creates a division between the dining area and the lounge.

Interior designer Tomi Williams says the owners favoured Mid-century Modern design, with an industrial edge. This helped to determine the furnishings. The design also needed to work with the architecture. The black box that encloses the media room is clad in Decortech, which resembles a scaleddown version of the exterior cladding. “Orla Kiely Linear Stem wallpaper was chosen for an accent wall in the living room,” says Williams. “It provides a wall of black to complement the black box,

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Architect: Evelyn McNamara, Evelyn McNamara Architecture (Auckland) Interior designer: Tomi Williams, Indigo Design Landscape designer: Magenta Landscapes Builder: Elite Building and Landscapes Pool design and construction: Streeter Pools Cladding: Carter Holt Harvey Shadowclad Roofing: Nuralite Nuraply 3P membrane Doors and windows: Altherm Window Systems West Auckland Skylights: Velux Flooring: American oak by Freedom Flooring Wallcoverings: Painted Gib; plywood; Decortech on interior black box; Orla Kiely Linear Stem Graphite wallpaper from Paper Room Rugs: Chevron multistripe and Kilim Weave Caravan from The Ivy House Cushions: Thread Design Coffee table: Monarch by Nathan Goldsworthy Paints and varnishes: Resene Pendant light: ECC Media room lighting: Muuto E27 bulb from Bauhaus Fireplace: Escea Splashback: Mirrored glass Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Jamie Cobel

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but the effect is softened by the repeating pattern. The built-in cabinetry beneath is in pine plywood, which also lines the interior of the black box media room. This gives the room an informal look in keeping with its use as a children’s area, and is highly practical.” Williams says the owners’ artwork provided the cue for the colour scheme, particularly a black and orange painting. “These became the key colours that are repeated throughout the house,” she says. “But the area rugs are multicoloured to

bring together all the shades in both the new and old areas of the house.” Because the extension is at the rear of the house and there are trees screening the windows, privacy is not an issue. Williams says there are no window coverings, so the black-framed windows can make a bold architectural statement. Other key elements of the renovation included extensive landscaping at the rear. A new swimming pool was added, and a timber deck designed to link the house with the pool.

Facing page: The renovation created enough space for an unobstructed circulation area from the front door through to the rear. The original kitchen was largely left intact, but a new concrete bar top was added to the end of the peninsula. This page: The interior designer specified a black and orange palette for the interior accents. The wallpaper on the feature wall is Linear Stem Graphite by Orla Kiely.

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light & space

Without walls Updating a classic home often brings a sense of spaciousness – contrasting ceiling heights between old and new enhance the effect

Change of heart The traditional exterior of this remodelled bungalow belies a radical transformation for modern family life It’s a typical renovation scenario – a limited site and a need for more living space, but with expert advice, space-saving solutions can bring other design pluses. For this major renovation, the owners asked John Rose of TKD Architects for a contemporary wing at the rear of the property. They needed an effective distribution of spaces for modern family living, and they also wanted to keep a sizable back yard to encourage a healthy lifestyle for their children, says Rose. “To describe the project in a broad sweep, we created a light-filled modern wing to the


Preceding pages: This extensive makeover by TKD Architects included a light-filled contemporary addition that looks to the rear lawn and pool. These pages: The front of the house was faithfully restored. A glass enclosure set into the veranda space turns an outdoor area into a playroom. This entry is downplayed visually, as the pathway leads to a new main entrance around the side of the house. A white retractable fence signals the entry.

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rear and repurposed rooms in the existing bungalow. Now the two children’s bedrooms and a family room are in the original home, and the public spaces and the master suite are in the new addition. “To stay in sympathy with the streetscape, it was important to retain the classic frontage. We introduced a steel stanchion system to retain the home structurally, as it is on sandy ground, and put in a garage in front. The veranda had undergone previous alterations, which we stripped out. We added a modern, but understated frameless glass wall. This sits behind the

traditional exterior, so the veranda is now a safe, enclosed area where the children can read and study,” says Rose. The front door was moved to the side of the house and provides entry into the interiors via a central double-height void that connects the old and new parts of the home. “Often in makeovers like this, the new rear addition opens out to a covered veranda, which in turn opens to the back yard and pool. By moving this indoor-outdoor element to the side, just beyond the side entry, we freed up more space for a swimming pool and lawn.”

Facing page: This indoor-outdoor area at the side of the house frees up lawn space at the rear. Above left: The glass door marks the connection to the existing bungalow. A raked timber ceiling and folded steel stairs have material appeal. Legend: 1 entry hall, 2 hall, 3 lounge, 4 enclosed veranda, 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom, 7 stair, 8 kitchen, 9 dining, 10 living, 11 terrace, 12 pond, 13 pool, 14 pool terrace, 15 garden.

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Above: This study area on the upper floor has an internal window that is open to the main living space. Right: Cantilevered wood shelving extends from the wall cabinets, reinforcing the sculptural look of the folded steel staircase above.


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“There are several design advantages to this orientation. The covered pergola is shaded by a neighbour’s trees in the morning and by the house itself in the afternoon, avoiding the need for an opaque roof.” At the same time, the pergola provides a visual clue that the main entry is at the side of the property. “A retractable fence can be drawn out from the wall beyond the formal entrance – blocking the way forward and directing visitors to the door. However, for a more informal approach, this can be retracted, encouraging visitors to

walk all the way along the side of the home, over the pond stepping stones, to the terrace, rear yard and pool.” The new section of the house steps in from the boundary – this increases the available outdoor living space area and ensures the modern addition is tucked demurely out of sight from the street. “There’s great visual drama as you step through the main entrance,” says Rose. “The double-height interior is the hub of the home.” The generous scale of this void and the abundance of glass ensures the central heart

Above: An enormous expanse of fixed glass makes it easy to keep an eye on the children. Access to the lawn is by sliding doors to the side. Left: The kitchen was positioned near the indoor and outdoor eating areas, without becoming a focal point of the interiors.

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Architect: Tanner Kibble Denton (TKD) Architects (Surry Hills, NSW); design team: John Rose, David Sutherland Clara Ho, Jermaine Chau Interior and kitchen designer: Giselle Watts, TKD Builder: Windrim Building Contractors Kitchen manufacturer: David Wright, Woodstock Industries Cladding: Carter Holt Harvey Roofing: Lysaght Doors and windows: Windoor Skylights: Skydome Skylight Systems Tile flooring: Calibre Concepts Wall tiles: Calibre Concepts and Classic Ceramics Flooring: Brushbox timber from Wood Centre Timber ceiling: Timbeck Paint: Dulux Lighting: Eurolace, Satelight, Contessa, Graypants, Targetti, Lite Source Furniture: Hub Jardan & Zuster Audiovisual, home automation: Smart Home Works Fireplace: Real Flame, Jetmaster Cabinetry: Woodstock Industries Benchtops, splashback: Stone Italiana Oven: Gaggenau Cooktop: Highland Ventilation: Qasair Microwave: Smeg Refrigeration: Fisher & Paykel Outdoor furniture: Parterre Pool: Pools of Distinction Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Nicole England

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Above right: Total transformation – the addition has a wall of glazing facing the new pool. Roof and window eaves are situated to optimise winter sun and shield out summer rays. The upstairs master suite has operable louvres to aid cross ventilation.


of the interior is airy and filled with light. Contrasting ceiling heights accentuate the effect. A steeply raked timber ceiling also plays up the volume and is angled specifically to catch light reflections to optimise its visual impact. From here, the family rooms are on the left, in the bungalow, and the new living room and kitchen are on the right. Straight ahead, a folded steel staircase provides an arresting feature and leads up to the master suite, which looks out over the rear garden, and a study. “Installing the series of vertical steel rods that support the staircase and form a balustrade

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at the same time was quite a feat of engineering in itself,” the architect says. In the upper section of the void, a door opens out from the study above the central dining area and provides oblique views out to the coast. While the original rooms in the bungalow wing were appropriate for cosy family spaces, the open, airy addition is ideal for entertaining. The entire living area looks out to the new pool and lawn but the glass is fixed. Access to the back yard is via the side sliding doors. “Because there’s no veranda at the rear, there are no structural or furniture elements to

interrupt direct views to the outside,” says Rose. “There is also a sightline that runs right through the residence from the front rooms of the bungalow out to the pool at the rear of the property.” The kitchen, while close to both the indoor and outdoor dining areas, is tucked away to one side under the stair. A pocket slider can be drawn across to provide added privacy. Brushbox wood flooring was introduced throughout. Combined with a shared, understated colour palette, this helps draw together the two very different areas.


Left: The rear of the original bungalow had limited connection to the back of the property. Yet the flat, sunny site had plenty of potential, and space to provide for expansive outdoor living areas.

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Nature study Renovating this 1960s post-and-beam house has opened it up to the landscape and enhanced the guest entry and living spaces


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In the ’60s, prefabricated houses were beginning to make an impact in the new home market, with several companies offering customised variations on a range of standard architectural plans. This post-and-beam house, originally designed and built by Deck House, was such a project. The current owners, who bought the property in 2007, liked the woodsy Mid-century Modern feel of the house. An exposed cedar deck ceiling, and high-quality mahogany wood-framed doors and windows were key attributes.


Facing page, top and lower: Before-and-after images tell the story behind the transformation of this prefabricated post-and-beam house by architect Bill Waddell of Distinctive Architecture. To create a sense of arrival, the entry was moved closer to the front of the house and an etchedglass canopy cantilevered over a new terrace. Above, far left and left: To open up the interior, two non load-bearing walls were replaced with 2.1m-high sapele mahogany cabinets. This cabinet in the living area (above) conceals a television above the fireplace. The original entry (left) opened directly into the formal dining room.

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Top: The freestanding cabinets also help define different areas within the open-plan living space. This seating and table games area occupies the space formerly taken by the entry. Full-height glazing maximises the leafy outlook. Above and above right: The kitchen was moved to the opposite side of the living space, so new glazing could open up the house to the best view. The cabinetry teams sapele mahogany with maple. Right and far right: In addition to removing walls, the architect took out an inglenook-style fireplace and a skylight in the area that is now the kitchen.


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But it was clear the house had never been designed to maximise this particular site, says architect Bill Waddell, who undertook the major renovation. “The entry was rather awkward, with guests needing to walk up a long path at the side of the house to get to the front door,” he says. “And the roofline of the garage, which had been added later, was 10cm lower than the rest of the house. “The interior was also tired. The main living spaces were divided by walls and the house lacked the openness and flow

the owners required. The best outlook was blocked by the kitchen cabinets. The renovation needed to provide a more powerful connection with the outdoors and the leafy woodland landscape.” The entry was consequently moved back towards the street and clearly defined by an elevated wood terrace and a large, steel-framed, etched-glass canopy that provides shelter in wet weather. “To conceal the awkward gap between the roof heights, which was making the boards prone to rot, I added a thickened


wall structure that extends out from the house,” Waddell says. “This also helps to anchor the entry, visually. “We added an entry foyer, which had been lacking – in the original layout, guests walked straight into the formal dining room. Because the renovated laundry, family entry and powder room are at the garage end of the house, the family now get to pass through the new foyer on a daily basis and enjoy the same arrival experience as guests.” Major changes are also heralded in the

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rest of the interior. Notably, the kitchen was moved to the opposite side of the large living area, and internal walls removed to open up the space. “At some period, former owners had replaced the original kitchen with more traditional cabinets that did not fit in with the era of the house,” says Waddell. “In moving the kitchen across the room, we were also able to introduce full-height fixed windows and doors to the side of the room with the best outlook, so there is now a private, unobstructed view.”

Facing page and left: The formal dining area remains in the same location, but is now quite separate from the entry. The exposed brick wall was one of the defining features of the original ’60s architecture. An LZF Lamps pendant light above the table adds a touch of drama. Above: A family living area, positioned at the far end of the house, is the main television room. This room also maximises the leafy, woodland outlook.

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Legend to plans: 1 entry, 2 garage, 3 sauna, 4 bathroom, 5 kitchen, 6 living room, 7 informal dining room, 8 formal dining room, 9 table games area, 10 family room, 11 main bedroom, 12 office/ nursery, 13 closet, 14 bathroom. Above right: The master suite was also renovated and full-height glazing introduced. The bedroom now opens directly to the ensuite bathroom – the bathroom was originally across a passageway.


The new kitchen features sleek cabinets in light maple and dark sapele mahogany, which are teamed with Ubatuba granite benchtops. The maple matches the colour of the red oak floors, while the sapele mahogany complements the window and door frames, and new cabinets in the main living area. “Two walls that separated the formal dining area and original entry were also removed and replaced with freestanding, 2.1m-high mahogany cabinets,” says the architect. “One of these incorporates a

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double-sided fireplace that opens to both the living and formal dining areas. The lower height of these cabinets provides a visual link between the spaces. It also means the whole ceiling is exposed, which reinforces the rhythm of the open postand-beam structure.” Removing a single skylight above the former kitchen also helped restore the beauty of the ceiling. The formal dining area remains in its original position, beside an internal exposed brick wall. But the entry opposite

is now a seating area with a small table used for games. The former front door was replaced with full-height glazing so the owners can now enjoy the view out both sides of the room. Lighting was also changed, with new tracks installed to run wiring along the ceiling deck. The new lights make the interior much brighter, says Waddell. Other changes included the renovation of the master suite. Here again, windows were enlarged, and walls were removed to provide a more coherent flow.

Architect: Bill Waddell, Distinctive Architecture (Durham, NC) Builder: Krichco Construction Cabinet company: Smirnov’s Cabinetry and Design Cladding: Red cedar from Fitch Lumber Company Doors and windows: Jeld-Wen AuraLast Skylights: Velux Flooring: Quarter-sawn red oak Paints and varnishes: Sherwin-Williams Lighting: Halo; LZF Lamps pendants Kitchen cabinets: Maple and sapele mahogany with deep brown stain; clear matte lacquer to both woods Kitchen sink: Elkay Taps: Hansgrohe Talis in polished chrome

Benchtops: Giallo Ornamental granite on sapele mahogany cabinets; honed Ubatuba granite with antiquing sealer on maple cabinets; honed Nero Assoluto granite with antiquing sealer on fireplace Ventilation: Broan Rangemaster Provisa Refrigerator: KitchenAid Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Russell Abrahams

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Internal landscape Shoehorned into a laneway on a tight city site, this house and artist’s studio look inwards to a restful courtyard and a forest of green


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Introducing new structures to a restricted space might seem like enough of a task for an architect. Then there is the need for everything to feel light, spacious and open. This new home by architect Stephen Rofail involved repurposing a six metre-wide laneway, together with an existing studio, both at the rear boundary of a residential property. In this space the owners wanted a two-bedroom, light-filled residence looking back to the main house, and a new self-contained artist’s studio. “The tricky shape and limited footprint greatly informed the design,� Rofail says.

Above left: Reminiscent of a Japanese courtyard house, this house with a linked studio comprises three gabled pavilions and a twostorey corner elevation, seen to the rear of this image. Legend: 1 original home, 2 central courtyard, 3 new pavilion-style home, 4 pool and deck, 5 studio. Left: The thin-edged steel awning to the dining room tapers the built form gently into its garden setting.

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Above: The living room in the new two-bedroom house looks across the tropical backyard to the existing home. This space is open to the kitchen and dining area to the left. Sliding doors open up these areas to the outdoors. Clerestory windows in the gabled roof ends have louvres that help control the heat.


“To create a degree of separation from the main house we pushed the new home to the rear and side boundaries, and provided views to the lush trees in the central rear yard, rather like a Japanese courtyard house.” The Japanese house concept lies behind several other aspects of the design. The linked home and studio form a series of gabled pavilions with steeply raked ceilings and clerestory windows. “Breaking the new house into pavilions plays down its size and nestles the home into its urban forest landscape,” says the architect.

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“Walls of glass sliding doors mean owners or guests can step from the dining room or living spaces straight into the courtyard setting. When all the doors are drawn back, the interiors and outdoors become one.” Another connection is provided by the exposed beams and rafters in the raked ceiling – their branch-like forms echo the trees outside, says Rofail. Despite the separated roof forms of the house, the interior is open plan. Both the dining room and living room alongside open to the courtyard garden.

The two-storey section of the house, on the rear and side boundaries, accommodates the master suite upstairs and a guest bedroom and bathroom downstairs. The house is built with an on-ground slab, masonry walls and timber roof framing. The glazed openings to the living and dining area, as well as the artist’s studio, are supported by steel portal frames. V-groove lining boards were used for the external cladding of the first floor master suite and all the interior ceiling lining and exterior soffit lining. Rofail says texture and detail were important

to maintain the serene feeling of a forest retreat. Given the natural outlooks, the house is finished in a rich stained cedar and earthy paint colours. An aged oak floor runs right through the home, which is another nod to the setting. “Part of the brief for the new house was to optimise natural ventilation and this style of architecture allowed us to do that,” says Rofail. “As hot air rises, it is released through the open louvres in the upper windows, which in turn draw in cooler air from below. At the same time, the clerestory windows and high eaves allow maximum natural light to penetrate.”

Above: The large kitchen is set close to the dining and living areas. The interior design is generally natural and understated without being minimalist. Feature detailing includes the Venetian glass mosaic tile splashback and V-groove doors on the cabinetry, echoing the exterior cladding. The room straight ahead at the end of the hall is the ground floor guest bedroom, in the two-storey section of the home.

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Just as the courtyard separates the old house from the new, a central deck and pool provide an internal division between the two-storey private section of the new house and the selfcontained artist’s studio. Here again, the facades are oriented to face each other. The studio has the same gabled roof form and wall of sliding glass doors as the house, ensuring this working space is also light-filled and airy. The entry to the secondary yard and studio from the main courtyard is through an old brick wall. This was retained from the original structure – Rofail says he was keen to incorporate

what he could of the old into the new. To the right of the entry, a protruding wall shows the position of the staircase inside the home. This element is finished in Mini Orb, creating a contrasting feature surface. The sleek corrugated iron facing also echoes the lines of the V-groove panels on the cladding and eaves, as does the timber decking around the pool. “Despite the rather tight footprint, and urban high-density surroundings, this design achieves a sense of privacy and spaciousness by turning inward, with the public spaces looking to the leafy heart of the property,” says Rofail.

Facing page: The two-storey section of the home echoes the roof forms of the pavilions. A linear accent is carried through on the exterior rafters, cladding, window louvres, balustrade and timber decking. Above: The brick facade of the original studio was retained and incorporated into the new design.

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Architect and interior designer: Stephen Rofail RAIA, Stephen Rofail Architect (Glebe, NSW) Builder: Redwood Projects Kitchen manufacturer: A-Plan Kitchens Cladding and ceiling lining: Painted treated V-groove lining boards Roofing: Colorbond, Custom Orb, Woodland Grey Doors and windows: Custom, cedarframed, by Redwood Carpentry Flooring: Aged rustic oak by Havwoods Lighting: LED uplights and downlights by Tovo Lighting; LED Studio gallery track lights by Archilux Fireplace: Lopi Republic from Abbey Fireplaces Pool: Barrier Reef Pools Cabinetry: Polyurethane Benchtops: Corian, by SCF Interiors Splashback: Venetian glass mosaic tiles from Di Lorenzo Sink: Franke Neptune Plus from Reece Bathroom Life Mixer: Aquaport 3-way mixer from Tru Water Filters Oven, cooktop and rangehood: Omega Dishwasher: Fisher & Paykel Appliance supplier: Winning Appliances Story by Charles Moxham Photography by Katherine Lu

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Right: The new artist’s studio also has a gabled roof. This building sits along the rear boundary of the property. A second internal courtyard separates the studio from the new house, and contains the pool and warm-toned grey ironbark decking.


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Second time round Renovating this house involved a Mid-century makeover that maximised both the views and the modernity of the ’60s design

There can be many design influences that determine the direction an architect takes for his own home. In 1968, when Connecticut architect George Lechner built this house for his own use, it was the work of Mid-century Modernists that inspired the design. But that wasn’t the only influence, says architect Donald Billinkoff, who recently renovated the house for his own family. “Lechner was an architect working on education facilities, notably high schools. This background was evident in

the design. For example, while windows on one side were large to provide valley views, on the other side – the front elevation – they were high and small, so the house had a penitentiary look, and much of the view was simply blocked off.” Billinkoff says the house aspired to Modernism, but was hindered on the interior by a collection of small rooms. Not surprisingly, the renovation was all about opening up the house to the spectacular forest and valley views, and opening up the interior.

Preceding pages: To update this 1960s house for his own family’s use architect Donald Billinkoff opened it up to the spectacular forest and valley views. The renovation included the addition of a 45m² screened porch. These pages: Walls were removed to make the entry hall appear more spacious and create a large open-plan living area. Cable balustrading on the balcony beyond ensures the view is not interrupted by a large handrail. The original ceramic tile fireplace surround was covered over with textural blockwork and blackened steel.

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Top: A seamless flow between inside and out is created by a large opening leading to the screened porch. The light fixture above the dining table, designed by the architect, features a steel channel with undercabinet-style lighting. Above: The new kitchen incorporates a much larger window to maximise the view. Right: To provide a touch of drama in the living room, Billinkoff specified a purple sectional sofa by B&B Italia and a matching custom rug.


“We reworked the perimeter of the house in terms of the fenestration, bringing windows right down to ground level on all sides,” says the architect. “The front of the house now looks a lot less like a school building.” To further maximise the view, a large screened porch was added onto one end of the house, stretching out towards the view. With an outdoor kitchen, dining and seating furniture, the porch is an extra room where the family spends most of the summer, says Billinkoff.

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The entry hall was made to appear more spacious – walls were removed, including a wall that enclosed the stairs leading to a guest suite on the lower level. A wall closing off the kitchen was also removed to open the space up to the wider living area. The architect says taking out the walls to create one large, open-plan room has put the spotlight on the original wood-lined ceiling, with its dark-stained beams. This has become a significant feature of the interior and an important link with the forest beyond.

Another prominent change to the living area involved the fireplace. “This was an awkward Mansard shape, and was covered in ceramic tile,” Billinkoff says. “But when we came to remove it, we found it was too difficult. The house didn’t just look like a commercial building, it was built like one – it is a real fortress.” Consequently, the chimney element was not removed, but was covered over with a concrete block wall that sits over a blackened steel fire surround. These raw

Facing page, top: A former bedroom was opened up to the passageway to create an open television room. Facing page lower: The study is also open to the passageway, which allows a view in two directions. Above: A new plywood wardrobe doubles as a headboard for the bed in the master suite. The freestanding unit was kept low to ensure the room would be flooded with natural light.

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Top: The new screened porch incorporates an outdoor kitchen with grill and rangehood, a large dining table and a separate seating area. Above and above right: Because the house sits on a hill, the screened porch is elevated, providing a view across the treetops. The soaring roofline allows plenty of light to penetrate. Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Peter Murdock Photography


materials, and the stacked firewood, add a strong textural quality that balances the more streamlined aspects of the design. Further changes were made to the long bedroom wing, which featured rooms off one side of a 12m corridor. “The wing had a motel quality that was not appealing,” says the architect. “To reduce the apparent length and narrowness, we made the first room a TV room, swapping the original door for a wide, sliding door. The entire room is open to the circulation area, but can be closed off

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if required. We also removed the wall to another former bedroom, creating a study with windows providing views out both sides of the house. These changes have created a lot more light and space.” The large master suite was another focus of attention. “The most significant change to this oversized room was the addition of a freestanding plywood wardrobe,” says Billinkoff. “By stopping it short of the ceiling, we have ensured it doesn’t block the light, and there is still a view of the trees.”

Billinkoff says natural, eco-friendly materials were used wherever possible. He also installed a solar heated hot water system – there are panels on the roof. “The house has been brought into the 21st century,” he says. “But while it now provides a contemporary loft-style living space, much of the original design detail has been retained.” save | share | images Search 43503 at

Architect and interior designer: Donald Billinkoff, Billinkoff Architecture PLLC (New York) General contractor: Hammersmith Inc Steel fireplace surround and handrails: Roverhead Metal Works Window shades: BlindTek Custom furniture: The Woodshop of Dennis Maloney Screened porch: Sofas and dining table custom designed by Donald Billinkoff, fabricated by The Woodshop of Dennis Maloney Pendant light fixtures in porch: Abolite from LSI Industries Floor and wall tiles: Nemo Tile Bedroom carpet: Patterson, Flynn & Martin

Dining table and sectional sofa: B&B Italia Dining chairs: Fullhouse Modern Console: Farnsworth Lounge chair: Torso designed by Paolo Deganello at Cassina Rug in living room: Crate & Barrel, custom cut by Rug-Tech Sofabed in TV room: Poltrona Frau Chairs in TV room: Saarinen Womb chair; Knoll Cooktop, ventilation and ovens: Wolf Refrigerators: Sub-Zero; General Electric Dishwashers: Miele Kitchen track lighting: Lightolier Benchtops and splashback: Corian

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Standing proud Freestanding cookers are defining signature kitchens, with homeowners looking to couple the aesthetics with the latest culinary technology. Smeg leads the way


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The continuing popularity of the freestanding cooker can be attributed to ongoing innovations – in both aesthetics and technology. For many homeowners, especially those who love to entertain, the decision comes from a desire to create a standout kitchen – and the cooker has become the modern-day hearth, sporting the most upto-date technology available.

Smeg, a brand noted for its rich design heritage and leading appliance technology, says that while many clients look for retro and vintage aesthetics, others are wanting to enhance a semi-industrial look. Smeg freestanding cookers cater to both styles. The Victoria, for example, re-creates a kitchen icon of the 1920s. Originally released as a 110cm-wide model, and

now also available in 90cm, this upright cooker has a highquality enamel finish and full metal control knobs, which are a design element in their own right. The classic styling will ensure the cooker becomes a treasured family heirloom. The vintage aesthetics belie the 21st-century technology within, however. Developed, designed and engineered in-house by the Smeg design

team, this cooker features a sixburner gas hob with two ovens and a separate electric grill. Each oven has a 68-litre capacity, with the main oven offering seven cooking functions, including convection and fan modes, plus a grill setting. Both ovens reach full heat within 10 minutes and deliver accurate and consistent temperatures to ensure a successful dish every time – there

Facing page: Freestanding cookers from Smeg highlight a significant design trend for kitchens. Increasingly, homeowners are choosing the vintage appeal of a Smeg Victoria freestanding cooker. But unlike its early 20th-century predecessors, this model is equipped with the latest multifunctional oven technology. Above: The Victoria, shown here in the 90cm version, comes in panna (cream) and black.

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is no guesswork with these ovens. Available in gloss black and panna (cream) enamel, the cookers are also easy to clean. Other Smeg freestanding cookers have a sleek, streamlined finish, well suited to modern interiors. The Smeg C9 upright, available in black, white and stainless steel, also features the latest multifunctional oven technology – and it

has a generous storage drawer. Energy efficiency is another plus for Smeg freestanding cookers – most models have a Class A European energy rating. Smeg currently offers over 25 freestanding models, in a choice of 60cm, 70cm, 90cm, 110cm, 120cm and 150cm widths, and gas, electric and induction cooktops, with a comprehensive selection

of rangehoods to suit each aesthetic. Several cookers feature Thermoseal technology – a perfectly controlled environment for consistently better results. Pyrolytic self-cleaning ovens are also available. For more information, visit the web: save | share Search 43596 at

Facing page: This Smeg 90cm freestanding cooker in stainless steel has a semi-industrial aesthetic that suits many contemporary kitchens. This page: Other freestanding cookers in the Smeg range include 110cm-wide Victoria models (top right and above); and 90cm black and stainless steel upright cookers with adjustable legs (top left and above left).

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Colour talk This award-winning home interior features an innovative mix of Resene shades When it comes to colour, it doesn’t always pay to take the safe option. Taking a bold approach can pay dividends, as this project shows. Terry Hogg of Lick Light + Colour won the Resene Total Colour Award – Residential Interior 2013 for the interior of this Victorian terrace house. The interior features a distinctive colour scheme that contrasts saturated shades with more subdued neutrals. The palette includes Resene Indian Ink on a wall beside the stairs. This is a blackened blue – a colour reminiscent of a night sky without moonlight. Another bold shade, Resene Kaitoke Green, features on the walls on the upper level of the house. Resene describes this colour as a bold, bushwalk green. Resene Oilskin, a more subdued shade, was specified for the master bedroom. Terry Hogg says this colour was chosen to create a rich, masculine ambience. Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen was used for the hallways, with Resene SpaceCote Flat in the bedroom. Resene SpaceCote is an Environmental Choiceapproved waterborne enamel, well suited to renovations. To obtain a copy of the latest Resene colour fandeck, phone tollfree 1800 738 383 or visit a Resene ColorShop or Reseller. Websites: and www. save | share Search 43749 at This page: Contrasting shades enliven the interior of this Victorian terrace. They include Resene Oilskin, Resene Indian Ink and Resene Kaitoke.


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Passionate Italian Italy is the home of great design and appliance technology. Now, Australia can also appreciate the stand-out qualities of the high-end Fulgor Milano home appliance collection


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It’s no secret that the rest of the world looks to Italy for design cues. And it’s not just fast cars and fashion – Italy also leads the way in home appliance technology. Fulgor, a high-end brand with a strong following in Europe, is a good example of Italy’s cutting-edge appliance technology. And now the brand is available down under – the manufacturer has entered

into a partnership with Fulgor Milano Australasia. Fulgor has manufactured appliances for more than 60 years, and the brand is renowned for its distinctive styling, fine craftsmanship and pioneering technological advances, says Courtney James of Fulgor Milano Australasia. “The collection is notable for its points of difference,” he says. “The range includes

a built-in LED television that matches the built-in ovens, coffee machine and wine cellar. Other appliances include freestanding ovens, induction cooktops and innovative touch-control gas cooktops.” Fulgor Milano is opening a series of showroom galleries around Australia, where you can see and learn more about the appliances. You can also enjoy a freshly brewed coffee

and baking on the premises. All products are backed by full after-sales servicing. For more details, contact Fulgor Milano Australasia Pty Ltd, Unit C70/24-32 Lexington Dr, Bella Vista, NSW 2153, phone 1300 FULGOR (385 467). Website: save | share Search 42990 at

Above left: Fulgor Milano is a new Italian appliance collection that is now available in Australia. Designed to provide a fully co-ordinated kitchen, the range includes a built-in wine cellar, LED TV, steam and combi ovens, and a wide range of cooktops and ovens. Above: Fulgor Milano appliances (from top) include the built-in wine cellar with wood-insert drawer, teppanyaki induction cooktop and 112cm touch-control gas cooktop.

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