This small two bed attached residence in Lyneham was in desperate need of additional space for its inhabitants – a young family with two primary school aged children.
With north to the rear and the existing living area to the front of the property, a wholesale transformation of the original home was required. Retaining the original living area as a quiet ‘away’ room or formal lounge, the rear of the existing home was opened up and extended to a sunken family room drenched in northern sunlight, with polished concrete floor providing thermal mass for the home and stacking sliding doors opening the home up to the back garden.
The original toilet and laundry were retained, while a lineal stair was added to provide access to the upper floor and encourage purging of warm air from the building on hot summer evenings.
Upstairs a simple 3 bedrooms and single generous bathroom with separate toilet continues the lineal design and allows for cross ventilation within the bedrooms and across the home. The upper floor was clad in lightweight colorbond and generously insulated to walls, floors and ceiling with bulk insulation.
Heating is provided by the original wood fire, converted from an open fire to a slow combustion stove, hydronic in slab heating to the new sunken family room and hydronic radiator panels to the new upper level floor rooms.
High quality composite windows were used, with low maintenance aluminum externally and the internal timber was able to be painted to suit the crisp white interior colour scheme and focus attention on the beautiful recycled roasted timber floors and highly polished slab. Bay windows to the street elevation provide articulation, street appeal and beautiful views to the established street tree.
The simple building form adopted allowed for economies throughout the construction while the families’ lifestyle and willingness to share one well-appointed bathroom and 3 generous bedrooms proves an understanding of material sustainability now and into the future.