With a terrace located on a busy arterial road in a heritage conservation area, a young professional couple wished to simply renovate their existing kitchen and bathroom. After initial discussions about the way they live and the potential of their compact 70sqm site, the project quickly grew into a full transformation of the house.
The project involved demolition of the existing two-storey addition to make way for a new ‘bath box’ perched over a generous new kitchen.
Behind the existing terrace, a gentle step down into the new kitchen creates an important connection to the ground, with granite flooring continuing through to the courtyard. This enables the living area to extend into the outdoor space and maximises the use of the whole site. The constraints of the narrow block have been alleviated by the tall volume of the new room, and the sliding stacking doors which open up the rear of the house.
On the first floor, the bath box houses a Japanese-inspired bathroom and a separate dressing room and Juliet balcony to the rear. New windows and a large skylight over the Japanese bathtub not only fill the upper floor with natural light but also provides a much-desired link to the outdoors. The vista to the treetops and an unobstructed sky view from the bathroom work together to expand the sense of space in this modest addition.
Every surface of this house has been refreshed with a carefully considered palette of natural colours, light timber tones, warm whites, black accents and shades of green that visually connect with the glimpses of greenery outside.
Meticulously detailed to present itself as a simple box, the house has now become a sanctuary in its urban setting.