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Inside Out (Australia) - - Renovation -

With the fam­ily rent­ing a nearby apart­ment for 10 months for the du­ra­tion of the works, con­struc­tion got un­der­way at the site.

“The house is on a slope, so the floor level of the ad­di­tion was dropped, cre­at­ing lofty ceil­ings and a bright open-plan space. It’s over­sized in scale and form com­pared to the tra­di­tional for­mat of the orig­i­nal home, which en­hances the dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion as you move through the old into the new,” says Tanya.

The sleek, prac­ti­cal kitchen – with walls of crisp-white cab­i­netry stretch­ing to the ceil­ing and a mar­ble-topped is­land – is an en­ter­tainer’s dream. “There’s so much stor­age,” says Louise.

Full-height re­tractable glazed doors al­low nat­u­ral light to stream into the ex­pan­sive liv­ing area, with the lush, up­dated gar­den play­ing a lead­ing role both in­side and out. “It makes you feel as though you’re at one with na­ture,” says Louise. “It’s such a pri­vate and peace­ful gar­den. We love hav­ing peo­ple over and it’s won­der­ful hav­ing this space. We ex­tended the con­crete floor­ing ex­ter­nally to give a lovely out­door en­ter­tain­ing area.

“I’m not a morn­ing per­son, but I now make sure I get up early, make my­self a cof­fee and look out­side for 20 min­utes or so be­fore the day starts. It’s a high­light I look for­ward to.”

The true beauty of the house lies in the fact it’s easy for ev­ery mem­ber of the fam­ily to live in and en­joy. “We’re so thrilled with the way it has turned out,” says Louise. To find out more about Tanya’s work, visit han­cockar­chi­tects.com.au. The builder on this project was Ci­olino Con­struc­tions at ciolinocon­struc­tions.com.au.

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