LOCATION : COBURG, VICTORIA
STATUS : CONSTRUCTION
Situated in a flood-prone residential area, the house's design process was challenged with multiple flooding considerations. The clients had purchased this old weatherboard bungalow in a quiet neighbourhood with the idea of completely renovating it as a family home for 4 to settle down in.
The extensive brief included partial restoration and repair to the front of house and a new double-storey extension to the rear. Having a generously sized site allowed for the creation of different zones within the main footprint of the house, punctuated by pockets of greenery in the form of courtyards to ‘bring the outdoors in’.
Full-height glazed sliding doors, frameless windows and an open-plan layout facilitated this concept of ‘indoor/outdoor living’ whilst ensuring clever passive design was practically and successfully employed throughout the house.
Towards the rear, the new section of house was elevated to address flood concerns, creating a terraced floor plate that clearly demarcates the old from the new. The main living spaces were designed and oriented around a central north-facing courtyard, resulting in well-lit and well-ventilated spaces connected by a ‘green’ corridor.