Small, Smart Canberra Renovation
Major alterations to the structure completely changed the way the existing spaces felt and functioned. We worked closely with our engineers to affordably remove the existing flat ceiling in the living room and replace it with a high, pitched ceiling instead. We also removed and replaced the existing windows opening onto the backyard. Where some tall, narrow windows once existed, the entire wall seems to slide away and opens the space directly onto the new, expansive deck. In fair weather, this will functionally double the size of the living areas. This new space feels substantially larger than the existing, despite not actually gaining any ‘new territory’.
The master bedroom received similar treatment, with a large stacking slider opening onto the deck, oriented to keep the views into the room private from the main living areas.
The kitchen performs double-duty with laundry functions under the breakfast bar bench as well as kitchen storage. Broom and pantry storage sit hidden behind minimalist cabinetry. Our goal was to maximise storage and bench space while keeping everything open and airy. The white cabinetry was a deliberate choice to reduce the bulk of so much storage in a smaller space.
New insulation (to ceilings, walls and under the floors), European uPVC windows and energy efficient blinds hugely increased the sustainability of the house. A cold, draughty house became warm, inviting and cheaper to heat and cool.
The outside of the building received a ‘facelift’, with new window frames, colour palette, deck, facade lightling, downpipes and gutters. Keeping the existing timber floors, exterior roof cladding and wall cladding made this a cost effective, but radical transformation.
- Builder – CJC Constructions, Canberra
- Engineer – John Skurr Consulting Engineers
- Kitchen – About Kitchens, Canberra
- Photographer – Kerrie Brewer
- Spotted Gum hardwood decking
- Deceuninck uPVC windows from Windows For Life
- Restored original timber cladding and hardwood floors
- Great Dane lighting and furnishings
Storage, space and function
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Mobile: 0404 654 225
Post: PO Box 1572 Bowral, NSW 2576 and PO Box 3062 Belconnen, ACT 2617
Architect Registration Number: 9651 (NSW) 2525 (ACT)