Location | Narrabundah, ACT
Date completed | October 2013
EER | 6 stars (started at 0)
Area | From 115m² to 172m²
Builder | Jigsaw Housing
Images | Rod Vargas
Character and reinvention
A clear distinction between old and new was one of the key elements of the client’s brief – specifically, the ability to distinguish immediately between the original structure and the modest additions.
The new elements are clearly legible as black insertions against the white façade of the existing monocrete, which was insulated with polystyrene and rendered to greatly improve its energy performance.
With new floorspace restricted to a small increase in the living room and the addition of an ensuite, the overall footprint remains modest. However, the rearrangement of space – relocating the laundry, opening living areas and enlarging the kitchen – has resulted in a vastly improved floor plan. From the street, the garage and front doors appear ‘hidden’ in a screen of fine galvanized steel mesh, which seems opaque from the outside but appears transparent from within.
A great collaboration with a client committed to retaining the original character of the home while improving its energy efficiency, the project was featured in The Sunday Canberra Times Relax magazine on 23 March 2014.
Extension: entry, laundry, ensuite, robe and family room
590m² relatively flat site with orientation of north to the back
New carport/storage as well as separate workshop shed
Customised joinery throughout existing house and extension
Floor finishes include; concrete, timber, tiles and carpet
Tailored to the site and designed to our client's brief
High levels of insulation retrofitted to ceilings, walls and floors