Can­tilever op­tion adds more space

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IF YOU need more room in your house but do not have the ground floor space to do it, con­sider go­ing up and out­wards in­stead.

A can­tilevered ex­ten­sion can be used to add an ex­tra room to a house that pro­trudes from the front, rear or side of the build­ing.

Sand­berg Schof­fel Ar­chi­tects di­rec­tor Michael Sand­berg says while can­tilevered rooms were not a new con­cept, they were be­com­ing more pop­u­lar.

“Peo­ple are more in­ter­ested in de­sign and be­cause it adds a value and cre­ates char­ac­ter, they are will­ing to look at bit more out­side of the nor­mal,” he says.

“You can cre­ate a lot of drama with a can­tilever. It’s a way of giv­ing a build­ing some dy­namism.”

While the rooms are mostly added to the rear of a prop­erty, they can be built on any side of a house as long as it fits in with your coun­cil’s streetscape de­sign rules.

Sand­berg says the gen­eral rule of thumb is to can­tilever out one third of the room from the build­ing but they can be ex­tended be­yond this.

“If you are build­ing with con­crete, you can can­tilever rooms quite eas­ily,” he says. “(For) light­weight ma­te­ri­als, you have to use beams to coun­ter­weight that.”

The tech­nique can also be used on a smaller scale to cre­ate a win­dow seat or add an ex­tra nook to a room.

“We of­ten add things in a mas­ter bed­room like a bay win­dow that pops out,” Sand­berg says.

Sand­berg says lin­ing the ex­te­rior of a can­tilever with a con­trast­ing ma­te­rial to the rest of the house, such as a tim­ber or metal lin­ing, can add to the dra­matic ef­fect.

“Just chang­ing a colour in that space can make it stand out more,” he says.

A tim­ber-clad can­tilevered room on a Manly house by Sand­berg Schof­fel Ar­chi­tects. Pic­ture: Tom Fer­gu­son, Be­low: a can­tilevered lounge at the front of a North­bridge home. Pic­ture: Alex Nikulin

Pop out win­dow on a Cre­morne home by Sand­berg. Be­low: the North­bridge home’s rear also has a can­tilevered bed­room. Pic­ture: Alex Nikulin

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