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PK Constuction specialises in renovations and additions,
producing a seamless result with minimal disruption to your life.
A growing family of four was seeking more
room to move but didn’t want to leave their
North Perth home.
They approached PK Construction with
a brief to build an extension to the rear of the
home that included a separate area for visiting
relatives. The clients also wanted period features
of the original home retained and restored,
while injecting a new freshness to the property
through the addition.
At the forefront of the owner’s necessities
was an environmentally sustainable design using
Navigating around an existing peppermint
tree and the natural slope of the land, the
extension took advantage of the natural gradient
by designing around it, reducing the need
for infill. As a result, the significantly lower
height of the floor was used to create a sunken
open-plan living area combined with kitchen,
dining and sitting room.
A ceiling void over the dining area encourages
movement from the old to new parts of the home,
as do the wide stairs that link the two areas. The
void is fitted with a double-glazed, tinted skylight
with remote-controlled blind, a feature that acts as
a central thermal control mechanism for the house.
The skylight is left closed with the blind open
during the cooler months yet allows solar warmth
to penetrate. In summer, by contrast, the blind is
closed and the skylight opened to let trapped heat
escape from the room.
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