Crossing the threshold
A solid old home makes the transition into a sustainable future, writes
This quaint Federation house in Annandale was picture perfect on first impression, but beyond the facade and large rooms at the front, the inner west home lacked the open-plan living spaces that new owners Julie and Ben wanted.
The couple, who have three young children, purchased the house which sits on a tight 307sq m block with the view to opening it up to its natural surrounds.
Anderson Architecture was tasked with transforming the period property and won the Inner West Council Sustainable Building award earlier this month with their spacious and airy design solution. Not so surprising perhaps when you consider that it has a thermal performance rating of 7/10.
The new cubism
Gabrielle Pelletier, senior associate architect on the project, says the home is now referred to as “the cube”, after its squared-off plan and window seats that look onto the lush surrounds outside.
The new rear extension and first floor addition has been clad in Australian hardwood to complement the old weatherboard cottage at the front.
“The window seats have been designed to bring the beautiful crepe myrtle and views of the park inside the house, and the strategically placed windows allow dappled light to enter throughout the day,” she says.
The first step in making the home family-friendly was to make the kitchen more accessible. In its original position, it was closed off to the main living area, making it impossible to interact with anyone else beyond this room.
“They wanted to use the kitchen as the central area of the home, so we needed to
The house is surrounded by trees that cast dappled light over the living spaces and deck.