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repainting in a different colour and
replacing existing windows with ones
that offer better thermal performance.
The narrow portion of the extension
roughly 4.5m wide – which faces the
street is materially compatible with the old
timber house, but it is more pared down
and modern in form, with a large pivot
window. Hidden behind this understated
wooden facade, the extra wing houses the
garage as well as a bedroom suite, studio
and office, which all enjoy the benefits of
being wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glazing.
The roof and upper floor in the middle of the
old house were cut away so that daylight
floods the kitchen and living room.
At the back of the home, it was possible
to add much larger amounts of glass to
the renovated kitchen, so it now connects
beautifully with the backyard. A two-
storey side extension with a metal and
glass curtain wall also looks directly on to
the back garden.
“The back of the existing structure has
kept its traditional massing and shape,”
explains Jonathan, “but we added modern
windows in a playful way. The back of the
addition is very modern and it sharply
contrasts the old structure.”
While the family were mindful of
keeping the envelope of the historic
building intact – the newly up-to-
date interior absolutely suits its new
owners’ needs. By adding an unobtrusive
extension, the family has the luxury
of enjoying historical aspects while
living within the space and the sense of
openness, which everyone desires.
“We added modern windows in a playful way.
The back of the addition is very modern and it
sharply contrasts the old structure”
05. Bathroom cabinets by Artcraft with fixtures by Grohe are
faced with salvaged teak in order to reaffirm the rustic
nature of the old house.
06-07. The owners use their innate creativity to add personality
to the interiors. Melodie, a creative director for Pottery
barn, utilises her love of textiles to instil layers of pattern
in the master bedroom, against white oak floors and a
salvaged teak bed.
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