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BDAV 2014 Building Design Awards

Elsternwick Alterations & Additions

Commendation Residential Design: Alterations & Additions $200K-$500K construction cost

Designer: Sketch Building Design Pty Ltd Builder: Bill Christofidis
Phone: (03) 9523 9884   Photographer: Matt Ware Photography
Web: www.sketchbuildingdesign.com.au Location: Elsternwick, VIC

The brief for this project was to turn a one bedroom Victorian terrace into a three-bedroom home with a more generous living space for a young family, the focus being on gaining natural light.

Constraints included a heritage overlay on a site of only 149sqm, and neighbouring walls to each boundary.

The design response included providing significant glazing to the new northern and eastern facades; creating a light court at the junction between old and new; and inserting a skylight into the existing hallway.

The result is a home transformed by light: the new kitchen/living space is accommodated under a skillion roof which angles up to the east to capture daylight, while frameless stacker doors to the north façade bring the rear yard ‘into’ the living room, making the most of the available space. The open staircase to the main bedroom and ensuite allows light to filter down the hallway to the front of the house. Thoughtful touches, such as coloured tiles in the BBQ splashback, lift the energy throughout; this is an accomplished solution within the constraints of a tight budget and a tight site.