The sustainable, contemporary family renovation

YSC Architects transformed this 1970s home, which was in serious need of expansion and modernisation
Story by: David Renwick
YSC Architects haven't retained much from the original architecture, building, elevation, facade, home, house, property, real estate, residential area, siding, window, white
YSC Architects haven't retained much from the original 1970s home

Architect: YSC ArchitectsPhotographer: Sabino ChoiAbout the project: This 1970's family home on a lifestyle plot situated in Mornington Peninsula was in serious need of modernisation – and expansion. The architects needed to adjust the layout to accommodate the busy lifestyles of a growing family and the owner's parents.


Sustainability was a top priority, as evidenced by cottage, elevation, estate, facade, farmhouse, home, house, property, real estate, residential area, roof, white
Sustainability was a top priority, as evidenced by these solar panels

The challenge was figuring out how to effectively provide the most habitable yet independent space within the extension whilst respecting the integrity and language of the existing house. The architects visualised this with careful planning and an understanding of how the old home should link with a new annex building replacing the existing garage. In terms of materials, adding timber cladding to the proposed extension emphasises a juxtaposition of the transition between the old, white render finished wall and the new addition.

The kitchen flows into the dining room – countertop, dining room, furniture, interior design, kitchen, room, table, gray
The kitchen flows into the dining room – and it's clear lighting is a focus

The overall plan allows for various and flexible use of the house which was not possible previously. It's also allowed for an open and modern way of living where families can entertain from one area of the house and seamlessly live in another. There are also strong indoor/outdoor connections throughout, by means of physical and visual links to both the front and rear garden.Original text supplied by YSC Architects, edited and revised by Trends

Nov 02, 2017





Similar stories

2018 Spring Interior Design Trends Part 3: Go natural

Part 3 of our 2018 Spring Interior Design Trends. It's time to get back to nature – and you don't even have to leave your home. This trend takes inspiration from the outdoors and brin... Read more

Kitchen storage hacks

Lack of space can make your kitchen feel cluttered and messy. Not to worry, we have some storage hacks to make your kitchen a lot roomier Read more

Roofing guide: Earthquake and fire resistance

In a country prone to earthquakes, it’s vital to have a roofing system that not only protects your home, but more importantly - your life and safety. Pressed metal panels are ideal for houses i... Read more

Latest books

Commercial Design Trends Vol. 34/2C

Whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, your hotel experience can either make or break your trip. Our market report in this issue looks at the changing world of hotel design – from five star establ... Read more

Home Trends Vol. 34/2

Placing the kitchen at the heart of a home is not just about creating a convenient zone for easy food preparation and eating meals.Just as important is the way it's seen as an attractive place where family can spend time ... Read more

Home Trends Vol. 33/7

While we might all have ideas for the home design that we want, consulting a good architect or designer will also open us up to other design possibilities that we haven't thought of.To help get you started on creating the... Read more

Related profiles

EzyBuilding Construction & Consulting Ltd

Home Building – Renovations – Repairs – Re-cladding Read more

Daikin New Zealand

We are New Zealand’s Air Conditioning Specialists. Read more