Refurbished Residences, Braddon
This unusual commission included the refurbishment of a traditional Federal Capital Commission cottage at the front of the block and significant alteration and additions to a family residence at the rear of the block. As a dual occupancy development it was important that any new work did not increase the permissible plot ratio on the site and indeed the project involved demolition and removal of some areas to make way for new building work. Given the main residence is to the rear of the site, creating a sense of address and arrival from Elder Street was an important component of the client brief. At the same time the client wanted to change the character of the main residence to be far more contemporary and in doing so, sit more comfortably with the FCC cottage to the front of the block. The design concept for the main residence included changing the roof to a series of timber-clad deep-fascia flat roofs which in combination create a strong entry statement while providing a gradation in building scale so as not to overawe the adjacent single storey cottage. A new palette of whites, greys and natural colours have been bought into both dwellings along with a new landscape palette including new driveway and pavement finishes and the refurbishment of the pool. The refurbishment works included reconfiguring the internal areas of both dwellings, new wet areas, kitchens and finishes and fixtures throughout.