This Chapel Hill family approached us with a simple brief which was designed to better support their lifestyle: to extend a large open deck to the front of their existing home, to build in car accommodation underneath and to create a concreted area for their son to play basketball after school.
The front of the existing 1980s architecturally designed home was becoming very tired and unmaintained and the client’s vision was to update the existing façade, replacing the existing timber French doors and windows with large, expansive timber cedar sliding doors and adding fixed glazed roof windows to the ceiling of the deck to invite natural light into the home.
The design also incorporated new steps leading up to the existing front entry whilst retaining the existing garden. This was achieved by constructing concrete stairs and retaining walls whilst following the contour of the site.
The contour of the site was typical of this suburb’s location; with a 30 degree fall from the front of the home to the front road boundary. The design was based around a severe cut of 2m at the front of the house with solid masonry retaining walls and stepping to follow the contour of the land. We also had to consider the structural engineering involved to support the deck above, considering it was pirouetting over the top of the retaining walls and was exposed to the wind resistance. A fully welded support structure was designed to support and brace the design, making the build somewhat difficult on the severely sloping site. The deck above was finished with powder coated aluminium tubular balustrading and beautiful spotted gum decking.