The phased conversion, remodeling and extension of this 1900’s house began with a new sequence of dressing rooms and en suite bathrooms, followed by a new gymnasium and completed with a new extension containing a family room linked to a refurbished kitchen.
4 new bathrooms to the main house includes a large limestone-clad master en suite with limestone vanity top, underslung sinks, and deep, glass-fronted drawers. The meticulous detailing of the stonework here was achieved through close collaboration with the stone fabricator. Other bathrooms feature a Teak bath, a beach pebble floor formed in situ, and Alice-In-Wonderland style black-and-white chequered floor tiling.
An ill-fitting and little used butterfly-roofed side extension was re-modeled with a flat roof to increase head height and re-clad in timber weatherboarding.
A pergola in an under-used corner of the house was removed to make way for the new rear extension which was built with brick sourced to faithfully match that of the original house. Tall and wide aluminium-framed glazed sliding doors to the new family room and kitchen greatly improve access and views from the house to the large garden.
4 carefully positioned rooflights provide natural light deep into the extended interior whilst also providing views upwards of the original house. Dark, rich Corcavado stone flooring contrasts with precise precast concrete bench tops, a wall of flush cupboards. The cupboard doors are made of solid acrylic with carcasses neatly formed in exposed birch plywood. An aquarium inset in the wall provides a window into a secret timber-lined cloakroom behind with a specially made stainless steel trough sink.
Underfloor heating installed to the new family room keeps the stone warm underfoot and heats the space. Floor-recessed strip heating along the sliding doors keeps the glass warm and prevents condensation. A sophisticated lighting system pre-programmed by Poseidon Construction with a series of remote-controlled colour-changing LED wall washers allow easy control of the lighting to the extension.