When extending a heritage building, it can be tempting to try and replicate the original, but this is rarely the best option for a number of reasons. For one, you'll never achieve the same look and feel as the original: the addition will always feel like the Stepford Wife version of the original. Also, the cost of building a bluestone addition these days? Hint: prohibitive. Instead, you're much better to create an addition which respects and complements the original rather than copy it. Which is exactly what this couple chose to do...
The original home was built in 1890 from local bluestone and while it is grand and full of history, it lacked modern comforts and conveniences. For the owners, a mature couple who bought the property 15 years ago, it was important for the extension to be low maintenance and an upgrade to the existing facilities, including a new kitchen and living area as well as a main bedroom suite, mudroom and attached garage for easy accessibility - essentially a self-contained zone they can live in, while still having the additional space for friends and family.
While the roofline is significantly different from the original home, the new roof matches the heights of the existing so the two feel harmonious beside each other. The material chosen also respects, yet contrasts the original home, with low-maintenance ribbed Zincalume sheets cladding the walls and roof of the addition, matching the Zincalume roof of the existing. From the street this has an agricultural feel, helping the addition feel right at home among the sheds and outbuildings of the surrounding farmland.
A north-facing covered outdoor space is created off the new living area which also acts as a new informal entry to the home.
Inside, a warm timber veneer used on the new cabinetry as well as plywood ceilings help to create a modern farmhouse feel. Polished concrete floors are hard-wearing and resilient to the mud and mess of farm life. Picture windows frame the best vistas for the owners to enjoy.
A glazed link between old and new provides access to the original home and creates a sheltered courtyard between the two.
This addition is a great solution to complement rather than copy the existing bluestone home. With a focus on creating comfortable, yet low-maintenance living areas it provides the perfect modern addition for the owners to enjoy. Now they have the best of both worlds - old-world charm and modern convenience.