Middle Park Terrace
Initially engaged as interior designers for this terrace house in Middle Park, we soon found ourselves assisting our clients with the structural design of a proposed renovation in order for them to deal with a range of planning issues and site constraints.
Innovation within planning constraints
The planning department of Port Phillip Council imposes strict controls on heights and visibility, however with a bit of architectural creativity we were able to create a unique sloping roof that is hidden from street view. The roof rises towards the rear of the home accommodating high north-facing windows that flood daylight into the upper level bedroom area.
Aside from the planning and site constraints, another challenge with this terrace house (as with many terraces) was how to create a family home that didn’t feel like a set of train carriages. At the heart of our solution was the maximization of every inch of width, with the introduction of light from all angles.
The original terrace house was preserved, including cornicing, tuck-pointing and its slate roof. These features inspired the heights and proportions of the new addition. For the newly built section of the home, a restrained palette of materials was used, predominantly white walls with natural timber floors, skirts, architraves and frames. The natural timber staircase is an intricate work that creates an atrium-like aesthetic.
A different relationship
This project was different from our typical renovation in that we were working with a client who was also the builder, creating a very different type of client-architect relationship. What we experienced as a result was a builder taking a particularly personal interest in the progress of his home. The final result is a testament to our client’s hard work, dedication, and the application of one’s hands and heart.