With a spacious garage and home workspace this 2-bedroom 3-bathroom residence will set you back and if you happen to live in the neighborhood you can even check it out firsthand this Sunday before making the final call! Giving a 1960’s home in the bustling neighborhood of Sydney a smart modern makeover Bijl Architecture turned to innovative design and sweeping alfresco spaces to create a stylish contemporary family home.
A new basement level was added and the existing roof was extended creating two additional levels in the limited space available. The light-filled basement that extends into the private rear yard contains the new open plan living area along with the kitchen and dining room.
Sliding glass doors and roof overhangs combine to extend the living area outside and create a seamless indoor-outdoor interplay. It is the ground floor that houses the living area kitchen dining room puja room and additional public spaces while the top floor holds the master suite additional bedrooms and the kids’ rooms.
The revamped floor plan of the house focuses on an open living area with the new kitchen and the family room acting as the social zone. Both these spaces open up towards the large rear garden and the outdoor living and dining spaces even as the living room and dining area sit next to one another.
The dining room sits at the heart of this floor and offers a glimpse of the mezzanine-level bedroom above. The blue cabinets of the kitchen and the dark black workstation add color to the space even as the custom wall mural in the living area and the bedroom above usher in pattern and panache.
Coming to the green credentials of the house it is passive heating and cooling technology coupled with top-notch insulation that ensure the temperature inside the home remains more or less constant during both the summer and winter months. With 35kW of solar panels providing more power than consumed by the household this Aussie home ends up keeping its carbon footprint down to an absolute minimum!
While homes that are solely clad in neutral hues and earthen tones often lead to monotony and boredom this Latvian delight beats the trend by using smart lighting and pops of bright yellow to enliven the setting.