Gary, Lara and the kids lived in the home for several years before deciding to renovate, giving them a sense of what worked and what didn’t work.
Ultimately, the need for extra space meant it was time for an addition. Business owners who work from a home office, they wanted to free up the third bedroom for their growing daughter, Hannah, who needed her own privacy.
That’s where we come in. As designers, it’s our job to help our clients write their next chapter, ensuring their home functions for modern family life, without whitewashing or bastardising the history they love. It’s our role to think creatively, test ideas and help to move our clients out of their comfort zone (just a little!) if necessary, so they can achieve the best possible outcome for their needs and budget.
In many ways, this home was perfect in its layout, with a generous central hall flowing into spacious bedrooms and a grand lounge. Of course, this made designing an addition all the more difficult. You never want to come in and fix what isn’t broken! While the home was renovated and polished by previous owners to enclose the rear porch and transform it into an open-plan kitchen, dining, and family room, it was still in its original condition with all of its original features intact.
The easy solution is to tack on an extension out the back. While this was certainly considered as an option, we could see this was not what the Normans wanted, nor needed, and we felt this approach would disrespect the heritage and history of the home, a jarring new chapter, written in a completely different language.