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Photography By Vanessa Smyth

This project is an alteration and addition to an existing house in Chapman, Canberra. We were tasked with upgrading an original three-bedroom 1970s design, for their growing family, but to maintain the character if the original design. With the addition of a master bedroom suite, a self-contained unit, a new garage for storage of the client’s vintage vehicles, an overall reconfiguration of the original plan to opening up the living / dining areas and the addition of a new clerestory skylight window, we plan for this project to improve the liveability and functionality of the house, to fit the clients busy and every growing lives.  A core focus throughout out the design and construction stages was to upgrade the energy efficiency of the house. All of the glazing was replaced with timber framed double glazed units, the original roof was reconstructed and the walls were all upgraded with appropriate insulation.

The garage was another key feature of this project. It was important to the client that they were able to store all their vintage vehicles in the garage, as well having enough space for a small workshop. A solid in-situ concrete wall runs along the boundary to give the both the adjacent property and client privacy. The opposite wall acts as a retaining wall, with a light weigh wall sitting on top, filled with operable louvres, to ventilate the space. The internal finish of the garage is clad with plywood, to give the garage a certain amount of durability.

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As the first stage of the construction is coming to completion, we are starting to see how the alterations have improved the house, and look forward to see how the addition of clerestory window will soak the living spaces with some much-needed natural light.

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