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Mid century architecture is known for its merging of form and function, where both building form and function are significant and relevant in their contribution. Alison and Ernie came to Positive Footprints to renovate and extend their mid-century home which sits on a raise, and provides a good vista of its neighbourhood, as well as serving a visual icon. They wished to provide an example of a sustainable extension with highly energy efficient outcome.
The original mid-century house though stylish, had disproportionate amount of glazing, sub-optimal orientation and suffered from excess condensation.
The renovation upgraded as well as balanced the amount of glazing, re-appointed the entry and merge the original and the new with a distinct roof form. The new upper storey follows a butterfly roofline which allows 7.8kW solar panel system to face north, and enhances the original iconic roofline.
An extension of the carport displays the honesty of structural beams, and provide visual interest from the kitchen window.
From the new front door, painted green against the dark painted brickwork, the Vic Ash timber staircase leads the eye up to both ornamental and functional balustrade. The internal roofline provides fun and interest to the new living spaces. Each room is bespoke, including laundry and bathrooms and is designed to capture light and sky where possible.
The owners sought to accentuate the mid-century aesthetic throughout the project including in exterior colour selection and interior design (by Greenroom Interiors) and garden design (Wells Design Landscapes & Gardens/Maple Leaf Gardens).
Thanks also to Thermotek Windows, Nordic Blinds, Solar Flow, Richmond Lighting, and Grandfathers Axe.
This house achieved a NatHERS rating of 7.1 stars using NatHERS accredited software.
Find out how the star ratings work on the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) website.