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The owners wanted a contemporary addition that
would transform their original brick character
cottage into a three-storey family home with
indoor/outdoor living on each level. Capturing
the city views to the rear was a must, as was the
installation of a lift.
The award-winning Tascone Design Team
designed the addition, while ARG took care of its
construction. The 520sqm sloping, sandy block
posed several construction challenges.
After the rear of the home was demolished,
ARG excavated to prepare for the construction
of an undercroft and another two levels above it.
This was done on the down-slope, away from the
existing house, so extra care had to be taken to
ensure its structural integrity.
Another challenge facing the construction
team was the internal lift shaft, which abuts
an existing wall of the original home. The team
needed to work within the constraints of the
building height and roof pitch to ensure the top
of the lift didn’t protrude through the roof tiles.
Close co-ordination between ARG and the lift
supplier allowed for the lift gear to be placed
Throughout the process, careful consideration
was given to the home’s existing architecture.
The new roof pitch complements the old one
and internally, traditional features, such as
timber floorboards, large-profile skirting and
cornices, high ceilings and traditional door
profiles, provide a backdrop for modern
fixtures and fittings.
The layout was designed so that both the
upper and lower living areas, plus the master
bedroom, could enjoy the city views. On the
home’s rear elevation, oversized bi-fold doors
and windows make this a possibility, while also
providing access to the balconies.
Aside from the lift, the property features other
modern conveniences, such as smart wiring so
the owners can control the lights, entertainment
system, window treatments and security from
every room of the addition.
While a timber staircase with stainless
steel balustrading links the floors, the
different levels are also accessible via a lift.
A LIFT WAS INSTALLED FOR
EASY ACCESS BETWEEN THE
TWO LEVELS AND THE ENTIRE
PROPERTY IS SMART-WIRED.
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