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.
A mezzanine floor at ground level contains the small home library bathroom second bedroom and a home workspace. It is the top level that houses the master bedroom which flows elegantly into the small and cozy balcony.
The original brick façade of the house was considerably altered by turning the old veranda at the front into a fabulous timber screen that offers complete privacy to those inside. The slated timber addition not only helps create a sense of privacy but it also filters in sunlight and manages to deliver that fine balance between a cool living environment and a light-filled cheerful interior.
It is a splash of purple that breathes life into the bedroom even as a bright wall mural and clever decorative pieces fill the nursery with cheer. Art Deco influences hold sway in the dining room that also doubles as a serene and rejuvenating hangout with framed photographs adding to the urbane setting.
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!
Even though typical industrial design elements like exposed brick walls and large windows with dark frames have not been used the presence of metallic surfaces in the kitchen and the use of Edison bulb lighting give the interior a relaxed industrial vibe.
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.