Table for 18

Table for 18

Neighbourhood challenges prove surmountable in this reinvention and reinterpretation of a unique family home.

Table for 18
Drummoyne, NSW - Wareemba Land
Tom Ferguson

When we first visited this early twentieth-century brick home in Drummoyne, the dilapidated property needed urgent repair. Monstered by overlooking apartments and a wall of conifers, the recessed, relatively small site also had a neighbouring house tight on its boundary.

But the delightful, almost topographical nature of the strong gable roof and the home’s many original charms were well worth reviving.

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Our brief was to transform the property for the next 30 years and make it flexible enough to cater for large family gatherings yet nuanced with pockets for quiet in a busy home and neighbourhood. We also needed to bring in light, maximise the limited back yard, and introduce flexible, contemporary living.

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The design response is a three-part sequence: restored original home connecting to light-drenched stair breezeway, flowing through to a rear, contemporary addition. The new two-storey volume has a spirited roof form, pitched to shield the house from its neighbours while offering a delightful outlook in return. Architecture should improve the lives of everyone.

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Scooped from the roof upstairs, a main bedroom is punctuated by bay windows that provide views over rooftops. An adjoining loose fit study/seating/nursery room has already been well-utilised by the family; its louvre windows allow cross-flow ventilation to circulate during summer and draw fresh air within.

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Skylit-bathrooms are cleverly concealed within the floor plan, hugging the southern boundary wall and thereby deferring the northerly aspect to living and leisure areas.

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The dining space below flows out to the internal sheltered courtyard so that extended family can eat together in one generous indoor-outdoor volume.

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Once dominated by concrete and conifers, the landscape to the rear has been redefined as a simple overlapping outdoor experience. The crisp planes of the covered patio, internal window seat spans and soon-to-be leafy perimeter planting beds work in harmony to create an intimate courtyard-like enclosure.

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