Alterations and Additions to Heritage Victorian-Italianate Two Storey Terrace House. The brief was to imbue the house with a sense of space light and calm and to provide a valuable study or retreat on the second level.
On a site less than 4m wide, this two-storey terrace in Sydney’s east presented the owners and architects with a real challenge.
The client was concerned that when they bought the house, the kitchen felt dark and had no connection with the garden. The client wanted to work with DTB to create a contemporary feel without losing the heritage scale.
The small scale of the kitchen/ dining area was overcome by borrowing views to the outdoors and attention to detail in every facet of the design. A glass ceiling banished the previously dark ambience and limits the need for artificial light during the day, while a new connection to the courtyard extended the zone’s functionality while maintaining practical separation between the living areas. A custom-built wine storage unit provided a practical and decorative element. Natural, warm finishes helped to create truly modern spaces which respected and linked the original portions of the house.
Alterations and Additions to reinstate multi residential dwelling to single family home within a heritage zone.
The existing building was originally a typical Victorian Italianate/ Victorian Filigree style free standing home. Subsequently it was unsympathetically altered to create three separate dwellings over the two storeys.
The intention internally is to reconfigure the existing floor space to accommodate the needs of a modern family and to retain as many original features as possible, such as ceilings and fireplaces. Externally minor alterations will replace some features lost and to make out of character alterations to the rear of the property more in keeping with the original style of the building.
The landscaping proposal is to create an integral external and internal living space at the rear and to reinforce the existing period features of the home in the front yard by augmenting the traditional plantings while retaining as many of the existing trees and plantings as possible.
Newtown House - Renovation
2003 – COMPLETE
South Sydney Council
Structural Engineer, Acoustic Engineer, Surveyor,
The building was a free standing two storey terrace house of the late Victorian period which had undergone unsympathetic alterations to the street front facade. The project spanned several Building Applications commencing in 1987. DTB were asked to become involved part way through the alterations with the goal of achieving a three bedroom house.
DTB were required to lodge Development Application to modify and extend the existing proposal which overall would create three levels of living and bedroom space with the rear of the existing building extended over two floors and all bathrooms & kitchens replaced and upgraded.
DTB designed the extensions and negotiated with Council to provide a solution which ultimately exceeded the FSR criteria for the site and worked with the adjoining neighbour to achieve an acceptable scale for the rear extension.
As is typical with Victorian houses, which faced the main living areas to the main street front, access to the extensive garden at the rear was limited. Our brief was to create a living area which reflected modern standards, had direct and easy connection to the garden, yet retained the romance and ambiance of the Victorian Era.
A corner site with three separate street addresses, a single main street-front building constructed in the late 19th century as a dwelling and shop and a separate rear building referred to as “The Stables” were required to be formally subdivided into three separate dwellings with improved functionality, access and landscaping.
Lying within a Petersham Heritage Conservation Area, only one of the two main street-front buildings was listed as a heritage item.
Staging of the project was required to implement the adaptive re use of “The Stables” first and the main street-front building later as two separate stages, so that the Client could live on the premises while completing the finishes and tenant a dwelling.
The house was “reoriented” internally to capitalise on the north facing façade extending into a garden. Greater solar access and natural light were a prime requirement for the design solution as the existing dwellings were typically extremely dark and cold. Additional windows were difficult to achieve without impacting on the original heritage façade of the building and overlooking of adjoining properties. Skylights and glass blocks were utilised throughout to achieve bright, clean living spaces.
Passive thermal control and sustainability were introduced including insulation, well-oriented glazing, solar hot water, rainwater collection & irrigation and reuse of salvaged bricks.
The partition walls between the two street-front buildings was required to be upgraded to meet current fire rating and sound transmission standards.
DTB designed the alterations and additions and assisted the Client to administer the construction contract for the major works, while the Client completed the internal finishes works themselves.