This timber framed extension is located on a very small site at the rear of an existing Victorian terrace in Carlton. Inspired by the local surroundings the use of local, sustainable timber both internally and externally adds warmth and colour to the residence. Amidst a concrete jungle the all-embracing use of timber references the trees in the surrounding street-scapes. The external 1st floor ‘cube’ is clad in vertical orientated Spotted Gum timber, a tree species planted further down the street, visible from the front door.
Spotted Gum sheet plywood has been used extensively throughout the interior as flooring, stairs, internal wall cladding built-in joinery plus a custom designed dining table, coffee table and bed. The 1st floor north terrace also features spotted gum timber decking.
To off-set and compliment the dark timber colour plantation hoop pine plywood also features throughout the house. The 60mm thick timber stair balustrade and built in book case feature exposed plywood end grain to give a liquorice-all-sort finish to celebrate the engineered product.
The attic-studio space is lined with bracing ply ’strata-board’. A cost efficient finish that exposes it’s functional purpose whilst offering a beautiful warm and interesting surface to view.
The extension features a ribbon of ‘form-ply’ externally which wraps around the rear ground floor. This black coloured, resin coated material ‘grounds’ the project whilst aiding in the removal of graffiti. Form plywood has also been used to craft an external sculptured stair that leads from the side balcony to the studio space and is also used to create planter boxes on the north facing terrace. This repeated use of limited materials visually simplifies the project.
This three bedroom residence on a small inner-city site offers an environmentally responsible solution with the extensive use of timber to compact sustainable living.