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Residential Design: Alterations & Additions: over $500K Construction Cost

Vibe Design Group Pty Ltd
1800 188 056
Robert Hamer


The"Mercer" home on a corner site in Newtown was unanimously voted the winner of this category. It's hard to see what remains of the original dwelling, with the new works creating a whole new life from the old and tired house. The slope of the site, whilst presenting difficulties, has allowed the designer to be creative with a timber façade, which makes a statement, whilst providing purpose.

The majority of the existing lower storey and sound sub-floor structure was utilised in the new design. An undeniable street presence was created with a striking timber-lined shape creating an extreme line interfacing with the longest street boundary, before returning with a dynamic composition of shape and form to Pakington Street.

The children's bedrooms and associated rumpus area have been thoughtfully zoned from the introduced master bedroom on the upper-third storey. Interior warmth has been created with a battened timber lined feature wall, which camouflages doorways within.

The kitchen and entertainment areas carry a clean line and palette. The central streamlined kitchen is void of handles and inconspicuously incorporates a scullery. A clear glass splashback gives a sneak-peak to the battened timber feature wall behind.

A total transformation has occurred, the result being an amazing recreation of space and form.