HERITAGE RENOVATIONS & ADDITIONS IN DARLINGTON
Our Client approached us for advice on renovating their heritage home in Darlington. They had spoken to builders who gave them the standard "knock it down & start again." While this would undoubtedly make things easier for a builder, a new house could not offer the history, character or charm that they love about the current home.
We explored several options for updating 100 years of haphazard alterations & additions to meet modern living requirements while respecting and accentuating the character of the original home.
The views across the scarp to the city and Gooseberry Hill are spectacular but the house failed to connect to or capitalise on these experiences. The renovations will provide beautiful, light filled living spaces which draw the landscape in from all sides.
This project is currently under construction.
Works in progress.
Glazed link between original house & new addition.
Front Elevation - Detailed Design
View from main approach. The new extension is sympathetic to the original architecture but maintains an independent identity with contemporary interiors.
Rear Elevation - Detailed Design
The existing character home is restored to it's former glory with a glazed breezeway connecting the new extension. A new kitchen and dining area open onto the covered deck and alfresco providing direct physical and visual link to the gardens and city views beyond.
Works in progress.
View of new addition from garden below.
Existing house viewed from east
The old lean-to kitchen to the front of the house will be demolished. A new sitting area will be constructed here with glazed doors opening directly onto the garden & a new gable roof that echos the original.
Existing house viewed from north
The existing stonework of hte old chimney will be reflected in new landscaping elements. A new addition will accommodate kitchen & family meals area to the side of the original living room with a glazed entance link framing the valley views between the old & new elements.
Existing house viewed from west
The steeply sloping site offers incredible views across the valley to the city beyond. The new addition will open onto a covered alfresco area & take full advantage of these views with a 2nd gable roof to echo the original. The original fench doors will be restored & all bedrooms will open onto the elevated balcony overlooking gardens below.
Preliminary Concept Sketch
Perspective view of proposed new extension to existing weatherboard cottage from main approach. In this early scheme we explored the option of demolishing the existing living room and replaced with a larger kitchen/ dining/ living area.
Works in progress.
The new addition reflects the language of the original character home.
Sketch view from rear of house and gardens showing how the new extension continues the established rhythm of the old house.
The steeply sloping topography with rocky outcrops present a challenge common to the Perth Hills. View corridors extend to the City Centre and Ridge Hill beyond.
Solar orientation and prevailing breezes are a key consideration for all projects. Improving passive solar gain in winter, increasing natural light and natural ventilation will all add to the comfort and energy efficiency of the house.
Concept Floor Plan
The existing cottage has been replanned internally to provide 2 large children's bedrooms and a generous master suite with study. All primary spaces now have links to the elevated verandah and views over the valley below. A new entrance hall will act as a lightweight link element between the original house and a new kitchen / meals area. This new extension opens onto a covered alfresco and existing mature gardens with views to the city beyond.
Sketch view of a new entrance hallway which acts as a physical link between the existing character home and the new extension. The hallway provides visual connectivity through the house to the existing mature gardens and views beyond.