StKilda Side Yard House
“In siting the new contemporary addition on the south boundary, new light filled north facing kitchen, dining and living areas were created with a more useful and pleasant side yard.”
|StKilda Side Yard House||Residential Alterations + Addition||East StKilda, VIC|
Jane + Tony, a busy professional couple with young children
What they wanted
To upgrade their home to accommodate their growing family + improve the house’s relationship with the backyard
An alteration and addition to a Federation Bungalow within a heritage precinct.
Site: 503m2 / Floor Area: 192m2 = 123m2 (existing) + 69m2 (addition)
The owners had a beautiful solid brick Federation Bungalow with an unfortunate and dark 90’s rear extension with no connection to its west facing backyard: This rear extension/backyard configuration being typical for homes in the area.
In removing the old extension and siting the new contemporary addition on the south boundary, new light filled north facing kitchen, dining and living areas were created with a more useful and pleasant side yard. The floor levels of the new extension closely followed those of the site to enable an easy access and relationship with the new yard. Coupled with subtle variations in materials, this helps to create distinct yet connected spaces within.
A custom designed sunshade to the new long north elevation provides protection from harsh summer sun yet still allows maximum warming winter sun to permeate through and under to penetrate deep into the interior.
Floor PlanWinter Sun Penetration
The site slope was followed by the floor levels of the new addition, which terrace downwards towards the concrete floor of the sunken living area. This maintains a connection to the landscape as one moves through the house.
All living spaces for the extension have a northerly aspect to maximise possibility for winter solar gain. The depth and louvred detail of the sunshade overhang are designed for maximum solar penetration in winter whilst protecting from the sun in summer. The concrete floor finish to the living area provides thermal mass adjacent the north facing windows to maximise benefits of winter solar gain. All new windows are double glazed with low e coating.
The site slope was followed by the floor levels of the new addition which creates different floor to ceiling heights under a single ceiling level to create distinct yet interconnected spaces. The timber battens to the ceiling above the Dining space further distinguishes it from the adjacent Kitchen and Living spaces whilst still being connected to them.
The extension was conceived as a single volume of efficient construction. It has a simple flat roof with interconnected spaces differentiated by changes in floor level which follow the sloping site.