Brookfield Home Renovation
This Brookfield home renovation involved alterations and additions to the existing home, and the construction of a new poolside guest house/retreat. Our recommendations for this project are highlighted below.
External Front Yard and Front of Home
For this project we propose a number of renovations to the exterior of the house. The existing landscaping will be redefined to maximise the formality of the front section of the home. This will include alterations to the property fence. The driveway will also be redone to bring emphasis to the front door. To do this, a circular drive, with visitor parks on the eastern end, will be constructed and a porte-cochere will be placed over the new driveway. As an added touch, we will plant a significant tree opposite the entry of the home to shade the entrance. In order to maximise the functionality of this space, we will also provide seating under the tree.
External Back and Backyard
Currently, the back hipped roof is visually competing with the outdoor terrace-roof. We will, therefore, alter the terrace roof to match the rear bedroom wing roof. The backyard enjoys an excellent orientation to the north-east and provides breathtaking views to the tree line that follows the creek. Because of this orientation, our narrower terrace design will receive maximal light. It will also be accented with a feature fireplace and built-in outdoor kitchen to ensure easy entertaining capabilities.
This building will consist of two pavilions: one for bedrooms and one for the client’s living/entertainment indoor/outdoor space. Two small bedrooms and a bathroom will make up the guest house, with access to the kitchenette, dining area and retreat lounge. The second pavilion, or entertainment space, will be lined with stacker doors and bi-folding insect screened shutters. This will be installed around the entire living area to ensure our clients and their guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor living all year round. In a similar vein, this will also guarantee our clients are continually able to enjoy wide-ranging views that stretch over the pool, the north-east, and towards the homestead.
An enclosed link hallway will connect the guest retreat to the client’s house and will extend from the back of the current children’s wing. We will use gardens and external screens in the landscape to privatise this area from the neighbours. The same features will also be used to add privacy to the area between the guest retreat and the house.
Because our client loves light tiles, built-in seating, and small stable retaining walls, our design of the pool surround incorporated each of these elements (shown in pictures provided). It was also important for our client to visually open up the area. Our design, therefore, recommends installing glass fencing around the pool and partially opening up the hedge at the rear of the pool. This will drastically change the space and will allow residents to visually connect with the back section of the property.
Soft Landscape (Planting)
Because we plan to formalize our client’s front yard, the backyard will take on a similar feel. However, in this part of the landscape, the formal elements will be limited to selected areas and will be balanced out with semi-formal landscaping.
We will construct a new hallway that will connect the home to the garage with linen storage cupboards. A new sliding door will separate this entry passage from the adult’s lounge/library.
The existing front living room has a built-in fireplace. We will, therefore, transform this space into a new adult’s lounge and library. To make this transformation seamless, the space will simply be accented with plenty of bookshelves.
We also plan to convert the current dining space into a fourth bedroom. This makes a perfect guest room, should friends and family visit from overseas.
A hall will separate the front living rooms/bedrooms from the current informal living areas. This means that the hallway would traverse the entire length of the home. At the eastern end, we will convert the current master bedroom into a study. This room will, however, remain versatile, and can also be used as a fifth bedroom. It has direct access to the courtyard which we plan to accent with comfortable seating.
Kitchen, Dining and Living Spaces
We plan to relocate the kitchen to the centre of the new living space. In this new location, the kitchen will boast views of the new terrace and backyard. It can also be separated from the living area via sliding stacker or bi-folding doors. For convenience, these doors will simply disappear into a concealed pocket.
Main Bedroom, Ensuite and Robe
The main bedroom will become a separate space and will occupy the northeastern corner of the home. Not only will this location bathe the room in natural light, but it also opens the space up to cooling summer breezes as it overlooks the back of the property and the pool. The ensuite will contain a built-in large bath, large walled-in shower, a large vanity with two basins, and a separate toilet. We will also install a screen wall on the outside of the room so the ensuite can open out to the courtyard and garden.
Secondary Living Area/Entertainment Room
By relocating the kitchen, the size of the secondary living area will increase significantly. In a similar vein to other living rooms, we will replace the windows of this room with louvres and a door system. This will allow it the entertainment area to connect directly with the backyard.
Project Number: 120601