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Architect Craig Steere talks about the project
What’s your favourite feature? I am ver y
proud of the way the butterfly roof captures the
n or thern light. The design has a great feeling of
spaciou sness, it’s i nteresting and inviting.
Inspiration for the design? We wa nted to
keep the o rigin al scale of the hou se without
‘ bastardising’ the streetscape. The design
has provided a living example of how this can
be achieved. I ’m su re the cou ncil appreciates
it as much as the neighbours.
Do you prefer re novation or ne w build?
I love having a clean slate with n ew builds
because an ything goes. Ren ovation s are less
flex ible beca use you have what you have to
work with, however you utilise different details
and proportions that you tend to forget in
conte mporar y work .
Any unforeseeable challenges? We w restled with
the marri because – despite it sitting aro un d fo r
years – it wasn’t very dry and that led to a bit of trial
an d erro r fo r the cabin etmaker.
Did the clients want to retain any features?
They were ver y emo tio nally attached to the
magno lia tree, hence the raised timber deck that
acco mmo dates the immen se ro ot system. The
tree, which is ambiently illu minated at night, fo rms
a major canopy to the outdoor dining area and
screen s the area fro m the two-storey neighbou r.
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working in forestry, which is a key theme
throughout the home.
“We were keen to keep a fairly simple
palette because we felt the marri and its
gum veins would be doing a lot of work
visually,” Craig says. A colour scheme
of whites was therefore controlled to
contrast, but not compete with, the marri
floorboards and cabinetry.
Sitting on a modest 521sqm block, it
was important that the rear extension
did not devour the backyard. The teak
decking warms the graphite paving,
which is regularly transformed into
a competitive basketball arena by the
“We are very proud that, despite the
seemingly abundant practical living,
working and entertaining space added
to the home’s original 80sqm footprint,
the extension has hardly gone beyond the
original lean-to,” Craig says.
“The design really has achieved
the understated result we envisaged,
sitting quietly within the traditional
The OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING
space and TEAK DECK was given
differentiation through the level break to
create an element of intimacy. The kids
tend to hang out on the lower level where
EXFOLIATED GRAPHITE GRANITE
PAVING doubles as a basketball court.
Monty the dog.
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