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Victorian townhouse receives functional family addition

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This addition continues the trend of adding functional family spaces to historical homes

It’s a breezy, open space – perfect for a family

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Architect: Drawing Room Architecture
Photography by Dan Fuge


From the architect: The clients, a young family, were after a modest addition to their Victorian townhouse to house a new kitchen, dining room, bathroom, laundry & a large storage shed for their many bikes.

The addition would front their garden & get all day sun so would effectively be the space the family would spend a lot of time in.

It needed to be open to the garden, light & sunny as a space as well as space efficient & very functional.. A white, copper & timber palette was selected & the space was planned to make maximum use of minimal space.

What did we as architects learn from this project?

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That small space can be highly liveable if planned right with loads of storage built in & large openings to daylight & garden expanse.

Also that small space doesn't equal small budget necessarily, the same amount of contractors are needed, its just in creating a smaller space so cost-saving needs to be done through smart material selection & simple building details.

What are the sustainability features?

It is a highly efficient space, the family lives & functions in this tiny space happily. This is due to the extent of glazing & openings to the garden, giving the feeling of expansive space. It is oriented to receive maximum daylight & warmth for winter with external blinds to block out summer heat. Every pragmatic element is also a design element through the use of materials, form, shapes, so there is no need for added or 'feature' elements.

There is a drip rack installed in cupboards above the sink so dishes can be washed & stored out of sight behind cupboard doors, ready for easy use later.



First published date: 29 June 2017

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