A lot of times adding an extension to an existing house is a project more complex than initially anticipated. The challenge can be overcome through specific methods and using as inspiration existing projects such as this residence in Oakleigh. The house is located in a suburb of Melbourne, in Australia.
In 2016, the existing house which was originally built in the 1960s was extended and altered. The project was done by Warc Studio, a practice with a contemporary and sustainable design approach that allows each project to be shaped by the client’s specific needs and aspirations but also by the site conditions. The result is always a design that inspires and reflects the client’s’ lifestyle.
The projects involved adding a new extension to the rear of the existing house as well as the alteration of the old spaces. The new living spaces were added to the back of the building, where the site forms a gentle slope. This section of the house is oriented towards East and benefits from lots of natural sunlight.
The total floor area of the extension is 182 square meters. They’re organized into an open floor plan which includes the kitchen, living area and dining space. The structure is compact but at the same time spacious. The new living spaces are connected to the old part of the house through a hallway and a plywood chute structure.
The existing part of the house suffered a few major modifications as well. For example, the floor plan was restructured and the laundry room, study and bathrooms were refurbished. The study is directly connected to the extension spaces. As far as the general design strategy goes, the extension has a clean and simple look, with a set of timber fins that define the glazed facade and a cohesive interior decor.