The site had been subdivided from the courtyard of a single-fronted Victorian shop-house that fronted the adjacent street, and it occupied the rear corner and laneway – because of this, the site was very small, even for its inner suburban context.
The existing house didn't work for the homeowners – however, through working closely with them we were able to draw out their initial brief and refine it.
The house had overly small windows, little natural light, a cramped floorpan and overly intrusive stair, which they wanted to dramatically improve.
They wanted a contemporary renovation with improved natural light and a feeling of connection to the landscape, yet without losing privacy.
Downstairs was to remain open-plan kitchen-living-dining, ideally with powder room and with a different stair!
Upstairs, two bedrooms and a bathroom with a better arrangement and a bigger bathroom, ideally with a separate laundry, were requested.
The opportunity for a roof deck came about as the design progressed.