The original house on this waterfront site was a double-skin brick bungalow with warren-like rooms and little (if any) connection with the foreshore. The clients liked the traditional character detailing of the existing house but part of their brief was to maximise the aspect and especially the views.
Philosophically therefore, a renovation project was the preferred option as opposed to a new build and as a result, the focus of the design was on an amalgam of the old and new structures.
Formally the house comprises two existing and two new blocks, linked by the hallway, foyer and stairs. The existing blocks contain two brick-clad and lined bedrooms, an office and an original art deco styled bathroom.
The new blocks contain the living spaces in a zinc-clad apexed void, with the master suite in a cedar-screened block. These sit on a lower level plinth, which houses a guest bedroom, bathroom, laundry and media room.
The original brickwork has been stripped back and painted white as part of the re-presentation of the old part of the house, and is further enhanced by the refinished interior doors, double-glazed existing lead-light windows and timber details.
The house is directed towards the view and it is arranged so that, on entry from the street, there is a natural progression from the original house through to the new.
From the foyer, stairs lead down to the living areas, where the asymmetrically framed view is revealed.
Roof: Zinc and membrane roofing
Cladding: Zinc cladding, cedar slatted screens, existing brick – both bagged and solid plastered
Floor: Matai timber strip flooring
Hilton Solution dyed nylon carpet from Irvine Floorcoverings
New York Cemento tiles from HeritageTiles
White railway tiles from Heritage Tiles
Cork flooring from Cork Concepts
Other: Vitex and oak screens
Media room with stone composite bar and solid oak battened cellar
Builder: Precision Projects
House Area: 400m2 including garage
Photography: Emma-Jane Hetherington