The owners loved the location of their home: its privacy, tranquil gardens, bushland and extended easterly views. They just wanted more from the house: more entrance, more garaging, more light and more master bedroom space.
The family wanted their home to connect to the surrounding landscape and views both visually and spatially, so they sought specialist advice to bring their ideas to fruition. Design firm Feather and Lawry suggested that renovating in stages was definitely the best option as the house was positioned well on the block and had solid foundations to begin with. As the house blossomed, the owners started to see more and more potential which fired their imagination.
Clare Feather said the clients initially asked for a new entry followed by a more open plan kitchen/living space that connected front and rear outdoor areas. “They wanted an ’every day’ living zone that opened up to the outdoor landscape and views, creating a feeling of light and space,” she said.
“The interiors were also reworked to achieve a guest bedroom and bathroom, ensuite off an existing children’s bedroom, a study area and a further extension to achieve a master bedroom wing including ensuite and dressing room. We integrated both interiors and exteriors by visually opening up the building to the surrounding tall gums and expansive views. We wanted to deliver a dynamic home with interesting rooflines that extended the natural forms of the existing landscape.” The impact was sensational and the house appeared instantly much more expansive.
The renovations have improved the whole function and flow of the home which now features five bedrooms, including guest room, office, open plan living spaces as well as television room, formal dining room and two outdoor entertainment spaces.
Tess Lawry believes presenting the renovation designs in 3D format enabled the home owners to really appreciate exactly how the house would be transformed. “Our design process begins with initial concept sketch drawings to translate the client’s brief; we then develop the agreed concept design into working documents for Council and the builder,” she said.
“In addition, we provide detailed joinery designs and documents for the built-in areas like kitchen and bathrooms so that the owners’ desired house style is reflected in all elements of the interiors. This takes out a lot of guesswork for the home owner and they are able to see exactly what they are getting in terms of style, functionality and finish,” Tess said.
“Lighting is an essential component in creating the overall ambience of a home and so we look at this as part of our design process and include it in our drawing package.” Feather and Lawry also sourced all types of products to suit each individual project including lighting products, furniture, fabrics, window treatments, custom rugs and artwork.
“Our advice on this house not only answered the client brief in a cohesive and cost effective way but went beyond expectations by creating a unique and inspiring environment for everyday living.”
Words by Ally Martell | Images by Lucy RC Photography