Our client contacted us in October 2010 with a desire to complete alterations and additions to their 1940’s bungalow home. Having uninterrupted views over the beach from only the rear deck and main bedroom, the aim was to increase the size of the home, while utilising the existing construction and encapsulating the views where possible.

The existing dwelling was constructed with a mixture of materials and the orientation of Eastern views and Western streetscape presented a challenge to achieve optimum solar passive design. Additions to the East of the dwelling, as well as a combination of sarking and insulation to all external walls and ceilings, with double glazed windows throughout, we were able to capture the views and achieve the clients desire for more space without jeopardising solar passive design.

Extending the roof over the front patio created an external entertaining area, which is protected from the South-Easterly winds, yet provides protection from the harsh Western sun. This in turn presented the opportunity to incorporate large pillars to the facade, which provides strength, yet maintains the integrity of the original cottage.

By lifting the rear cupola above the main roof, we were able to provide a covered entertaining area, whilst enticing some afternoon winter sun through the timber louvres. This home encapsulates the picturesque views, yet respects the privacy of not only the occupants, but the neighbours, whilst complimenting the surrounding environment by staying true to the established character of the area.

  • 2013 HIA-CSR Hunter Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards Renovation/Addition Project of the Year
  • 2013 HIA-CSR Hunter Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards Bathroom of the Year