A young couple expecting their first child came to NORTHBOURNE Architecture + Design hoping to extend their Toorak home to create space for their growing family. After a thorough analysis, Sally Holbrook from NORTHBOURNE concluded that the family didn't need an extension at all! The space was there, it just wasn't working to its full potential. It's a common problem, poorly planned space can feel cramped and uncomfortable, but it doesn't mean you need more space!
Sally likens the process to a doctor, diagnosing before an operation. Similarly, architects do a 'design diagnosis' to see what's causing problems before they start designing. And as Sally proves, an architect will talk you out of an extension if they feel it's not necessary!
What Sally found in the home was more than enough existing floor area and excellent 'bones'. By working within the home's existing footprint, the owners could save time and money and invest in better quality internal finishes and materials. The clever internal transformation certainly updates the aesthetic, but more than cheap 'makeover', the architects have reconfigured the internal spaces to be more efficient and functional. And of course they've included heaps of clever storage solutions to deal with all the family's 'stuff'.
"NORTHBOURNE re-planned the existing building into a series of spaces and storage solutions that suited the specific needs of the clients’ new expanding family, whilst minimising the environmental impact. NORTHBOURNE were able to fulfil the clients' brief for a luxurious master suite with a walk-in robe and ensuite, functional storage in the bedrooms, a grand main bathroom & functional laundry. An intimate lounge room was also created by introducing a functional fireplace and wood storage. The entire home was then modernised by introducing a new timber floor throughout, giving the home a contemporary and holistic feel." - Sally Holbrook
The architects drew inspiration from the clients' love of patterning, texture and contrast evident in their artworks to create an interior that reflected their personalities. The interior is rich in texture and pattern, making the home feel both luxurious and warm in-spite of a neutral palette.
Taking the time to assess the problem areas of the home and find practical, creative solutions has saved these homeowners time and money.