Our client’s 1970s high set home at Upper Mt Gravatt, Brisbane, was bursting at the seams. With three growing children almost in their teens and the parents needing a space to retreat to after work, the family was in desperate need of more space in their home.
We were approached by our clients after their failed attempts a few years earlier to extend their home; they had engaged an architect who designed a project which overstretched their budget.
The client’s brief to us was to provide more living space so that the family could stretch out. They also requested a new kitchen and dining room with a large deck for family gatherings.
Our preliminary designs were based around a first-floor extension, mainly because of the client’s modest budget and the fact that the kitchen and living space was already upstairs. After many redesigns and listening to our client’s needs and desires, we decided to focus on the ground floor.
We designed a ‘pod’ style extension off the side of the home. Our main issue was the shape of the site: it’s a wedge shape block (like a piece of cake), with a tight frontage and wide rear boundary. With this in mind, we extended the front of the house with a narrow front elevation and widened the width of the extension as we progressed towards the rear of the property. Looking from the front, the width of the extension was a modest 3.6m and at the rear, widened to 10m.
We included a new custom-built kitchen with a butler’s pantry and a large open dining and living room. This leads out to a multi-level step-down deck that follows the contour of the land, looking out over a natural bush setting. Timber seating was also custom-built into the deck, which was all crafted using Australian native hardwoods.
To appreciate the work that’s gone into this build, you really need to visit the site; photos just don’t do it justice. In fact, it would not be out of place on Grand Designs Australia!
We interviewed this client recently to find out about their renovation experience. See the interview.