How did the design pan out? There were a few iterations to get the right feel. The challenge was listening and delving into what the clients wanted, engaging in the smaller scale and respecting the existing building. The form inevitably comes from the site and what the clients are telling you – you almost become a ‘method architect’.
How would you describe the quirks that arose from this renovation?
Weaving things into the existing structure gives some oddities, nooks and crannies that you would never design, but they become interesting features.
What’s the thinking behind the two kitchen sinks on opposite walls?
When you’re at the bach, meal preparation is often done by a number of people and requires different work stations. One bench has space underneath so when there are lots of people here they can put chilly bins under and out of the way. But, generally speaking, you don’t have the massive effect of a wraparound kitchen bench that possibly feels out-scaled to what else is happening in the house.
Before – ground floor 1. Entry 2. Living 3. Kitchen 4. Deck 5. Bedroom 6. Bathroom 7. Laundry 8. Study 9. Utility shed
After – ground floor
After – first floor
Before – first floor