This project involved significant alterations and additions to a tiny inner city Sydney terrace. It is located within a heritage conservation area which is characterised by similar small workers cottages. Many ‘Tetris-like’ spatial investigations were considered. The end result maximises space efficiency with generous and light filled open plan living areas connecting to a private courtyard.
Stairs to a new first floor wrap around a central core of wet areas. A compact WC and laundry serves the ground floor, while the family bathroom on the upper floor is bathed in natural light from high level louvred windows.
Other space ‘enlarging’ techniques used are room dividers. Large sliding/stacking cavity doors can be easily pulled out or concealed with adjacent walls. A small rumpus room becomes a guest bedroom and a kids’ bedroom can become a larger play room utilising the corridor space.
Bricks recycled from the original house have been used to pave the courtyard and original features have been highlighted as part of the new build.