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Residential Design: Alterations & Additions up to $200K Construction Cost

Wilkins Street Residence

Winner: Residential Design: Alterations & Additions up to $200K Construction Cost
Winner: DIG Design

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The client wanted a contemporary family home by extending their existing 1920s residence. The extension was to express a sense of space, capture natural light, framing views and had to have a strong connection with the landscaping. The extension needed to be modern yet respectful of the heritage of the original home.

The existing residence was lovingly restored, yet modernised to suit the client’s contemporary lifestyle. Original features and details were reinstated in the bedrooms, creating warmth and comfort. The extension has been kept at eaves’ height, and represents a modern take on traditional lean-to construction. Its internal feel contrasts that of the existing in that it is light and bright, creating an excitement when travelling through old to new.

“Economical materials have been used to great effect in this addition to this simple brick house in a heritage area,” said the Judges. “The constraints of corner siting within a heritage overlay have not prevented the designer from responding with a lively contemporary addition. While the form of the addition is respectful to the existing house, it is in no way subservient to it, and presents a thoroughly contemporary design solution.”

Externally, the simple forms are enhanced by interesting structural details. Landscaping and outdoor spaces have been considered as integral to the overall design.

Internally the spaces are punctuated by carefully located windows and an innovative window/ glazed roof element. Materials are simple but sophisticated, and details are kept to a minimum.