Stepping in the right direction
Going up was a logical solution when this Newtown family needed more space, writes
With young children and limited space in their two-bedroom terrace, the time had come for change for a family of four from Sydney’s inner west.
“They wanted more space for their family and they wanted to upgrade all the interior design and bring light into the space,” architect Alex Matyear of Whitcher Matyear Architects says.
“But it was really about how do we turn our two-bedroom, single-storey cottage into a house that will comfortably accommodate our growing family.”
The home was one of a row of six identical single-storey, single-front terraces in Newtown and it was crucial to ensure the new work wasn’t visible from the street.
“It was really important that we respected the repetitious language in the street and made sure that whatever we did we were sensitive to the street and its values from a historical perspective,” Alex says.
“Everything had to happen beyond the ridge line so we didn’t see any of that mass from the street.
“So what you see at the front is a singlestorey terrace house but what happens at the back is a four-bedroom house.”
Keep it simple
When Alex first saw the home there were two bedrooms at the front, then a bathroom, lounge room and a doorway led to a kitchen and dining room at the rear.
Remaining internal details in the original portion of the house included ornate plaster cornices, rosettes, panelled doors and deep skirting boards.
The terrace had undergone an addition in the ’90s so it wasn’t in completely original condition and the owners were happy to keep
The downstairs living space was opened up and is connected to the upper level via a stylish staircase.
The window seat is a quiet spot to enjoy reading while overlooking the garden.