Manly Project

An existing single storey semi detached building with alterations and additions, currently under construction, completion in mid 2012.

Due to surrounding development and nature of the existing building, access to good ventilation and light was considered a priority. The design brief was to maximise use of natural light and ventilation, with the provision of new living areas and bathroom to the ground floor, along with a master bedroom, ensuite and study to the first floor.

The new living area was separated from the existing house via the use of a small courtyard and stair. This enabled natural light into the centre of the house, improved ventilation and allowed doors and windows to be located at both ends of the living room. This area was also designed with a floating roof and highlight glazing to the east and north.

A new lounge, study area with bi folding doors was located adjacent to the central courtyard. From this room it is possible to look through the courtyard, the living room and on to the rear court giving a feeling of light and transparency.

The double height stair well provides light to the ground and first floors. The master bedroom contains a north facing terrace. The entire first floor was kept within the height of the existing roof ridge creating a sympathetic response to the streetscape while providing an improved quality of space.