Designed by Jost Architects, it is an awesome project of an existing double fronted Victorian house with a council Heritage Overlay. With a clean break between the extension and the house original area, the previous 1980s extension to the rear of Brighton House is removed. The result of this project is a very unique addition that compliments the home and the existing building that clients love.
There is a careful consideration based on the planning restraints to how the lower level is arranged to position the upper-level area of the addition, especially in relation to how it sits within the streetscape nearby. Besides the increased local setbacks, it is also posed an interesting challenge to accommodate the functional necessities.
The project also includes introducing a new ensuite and WIR to the front bedroom and renovating the existing areas of the house. There is also a larger living and dining area, kitchen with a walk-in pantry, and separate laundry. A master bedroom with ensuite, walk-in robe, and office can be found on the new upper level of the house.
A conscious decision is made to give an addition obviously new from the existing. A textural reference to the old Victorian is provided by utilizing the brickwork but with colors that provide distinction too. The galvanized custom orb cladding is also used, a material found in every old lean-too is also used but kept as a very individual area. The hard edge of the “box on the back” mentality can be removed thanks to the curved edges.
This house has interior finishes that draw on the individual textures of the materials employed while the detail is clean and careful. For the clients, the detailing is also important with a combination of functionality, durability, and sensibility.
Sustainable applications for this house also include long-lasting and durable materials such as double-glazed steel windows and sliding doors and decorative concrete flooring with in-slab hydronic heating and zoned hydronic heating throughout. For a comfortable living, the architect also uses a sensible application of good thermally passive design.
Brighton House Gallery
Photography: Greg Elms