Step­ping in the right di­rec­tion

Go­ing up was a log­i­cal so­lu­tion when this New­town fam­ily needed more space, writes

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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.

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