The brief for this rear house conversion was to increase space and volume within a limited footprint and budget. A strong focus on enhancing the experience of light and quality of living and outdoor space/ aspect was central to the brief for this young family. Studio May worked closely in collaboration with Tom Petty of Grenville Construction to develop a design which worked within the existing roof line and perimeter boundary of this single fronted Victorian Cottage whilst opening up the back end of the house to accommodate contemporary living in an open plan arrangement. Studio May successfully worked within a modest budget to achieve a highly detailed, light-filled interior, framed by northern skylights and beautiful recycled North Coast Hardwood beams. The bathroom draws on the clients interest in raw materiality and tactility - tumbled marble flooring, painted brickwork contrasts with crafted ply joinery to achieve an interesting but restful experience.
This project was the winner of the 2014 Master Builders Excellence in Housing Awards – Best Additions & Alterations under $200k