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Mackay Residence

New living space extending onto deck New living space extending onto deck Brett Boardman

Gaetano Palmese Architects

NSW & ACT Entries 2010

The existing California bungalow set on a leafy street in a garden suburb did not take advantage of its location and environment. The primary objective was to connect the home to its place - the adjacent park, existing trees and garden.

There has been minimal disturbance to the original house and its fine timber features have been repaired and retained as necessary both internally and externally.

The additions are intentionally distinguished from the existing house. Passing through the doorway at the end of the long corridor is literally entering into another era. The use of light and warm toned timbers in the open spaces of the new additions, contrasts with the dark timbers and enclosed rooms of the existing house.

The new timber balustrade /joinery unit in the living room composed of golden sassafras veneer panels and solid red iron bark elements around the stair is a modern take on crafted joinery.

The red iron bark flooring folds down the stair well with the lighter golden sassafras veneer panels framing views.

The curved perforated hoop pine plywood ceiling extends the new room out to the deck and visually to the park beyond.

Timber bi-fold doors open up fully to extend the living onto the deck. The red iron bark timber floor flows from inside to outside.

The timber framed deck is elevated and shaped around the existing old gum tree.

Layered external timber and steel walls and screen, steel balustrades and timber handrails provide privacy and containment.

Energy efficiency and sustainability were prime factors in design considerations in regard spatial arrangements and selection of durable natural materials both internally and externally.

Timber has been specifically chosen for various element of the new work due to the solidity, warmth and durability it affords.
Entered into:
  • Residential Class 1, Best Renovation (Single family dwellings/townhouses), 2010
  • Best Use Of Timber Flooring, 2010
  • Best Use Of Timber Panels, 2010
  • Best Use Of Wood Veneers, 2010
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