An extension to a double fronted Californian bungalow by Statkus Architecture reuses salvaged materials from the demolition works in an extensive renovation. In search of light, Calithornbury (the renovation of a Californian Bungalow in Thornbury) maximises natural light to a south-facing extension, while strategically extending the rear of the existing house to mesh with the new house.
A double-glazed outlook maximises a large yard, while minimising the view of neighbouring flats. The new works comprise the replacement of a rear toilet and laundry area with a new kitchen, living, dining, laundry, and main bedroom with ensuite.
The existing house has been reconfigured to provide a new larger bathroom, study, and reconfigured third bedroom. The finished house utilises salvaged materials from the demolition works as well as sourced salvaged materials from other buildings.
An external decking under a timber canopy structure, providing a substrate for a grapevine. The roof space has also been converted into a substantial storage loft, with the existing diamond-shaped gable vent converted into a window.
A comprehensive schedule for potential items for reuse in the works was carried out, identifying Baltic Pine flooring and wall panelling, bricks, timber rafters, beams, weatherboards, windows, fittings, cornices, skirtings, architraves, cabinetry, and doors — the majority of which was proposed for reuse.
The new arrangement of forms, rooms, and spaces responded to the owner's brief to accommodate a new family, working with the existing house, maximising natural lighting, and the aspect to the rear garden, while providing a sense of privacy from the neighbouring block of flats.
Sustainable strategies to increase the home's thermal mass by insulating the existing and new home's floors, walls, and ceilings, reduces the home's reliance on energy use through mechanical heating and cooling. While new glazing is double glazed with Low E glass. Ceiling fans and cross ventilation keep the house cool.
A large 14,000L under-deck concrete rain tank to supplement an existing 9,000L tank allows the occupants to water a large herb and vegetable garden.