Hawthorne Queenslander Contemporary Renovation
Renovations to this contemporary Hawthorne Queenslander was carefully tailored to maximise the home’s natural light and airflow and improve its vehicular access. We also worked to expand the property’s square-footage with a new contemporary extension at the rear of the home.
Given the quaint styling of this traditional Queenslander, it is vital that our modern renovation designs complement and elevate the overall aesthetic of the property. To create a sense of cohesion, hints of contemporary elements will, therefore, be included in the redevelopment of the front yard to match the rear contemporary extension. For instance, a new front fence will be erected out of a combination of materials. This fence line will follow the natural slope of the property in a stepwise fashion and will incorporate a new pedestrian entry and gatehouse.
The current driveway is highly problematic because the nearby hill causes a significant blind spot when exiting the property. In order to rectify this, the car accommodation will cut into the hill in such a way that drivers are able to reverse within the driveway and exit the property in a forward direction. This design alteration negates the need for a circular driveway or Porte-Cochere. The new pedestrian entry and gatehouse will, in turn, sit on top of this cut-in garage.
What’s more, an additional carport roof will be erected on the right hand side of the drive. By relocating our client’s boat and trailer to this carport area, the garage will have direct access to the laundry and mud room.
First floor alterations
The interior of the home will be styled with a refined and classic aesthetic that compliments the traditional character of the existing home. In order to preserve this character, all period elements of the property will be retained. Altogether, the home will boast refined clean lines, a cape cod aesthetic, and a peaceful homely atmosphere.
A large new covered deck will be added to the first floor of the home. This deck will be situated at the rear of the house and will flow directly out from the kitchen. This versatile space will be sheltered from the western sun and its roof will be oriented to maximise the north-east aspect. What’s more, contemporary balustrade and detailing will be installed around the deck to modernize the space, maximise its views, and minimize its maintenance.
Ground floor and backyard
On the ground floor, the walls and ceilings of the home’s interior will be streamlined (plasterboard finish and/or a mix of concrete and timber) to coordinate its aesthetic with the modern look and feel of the rear of the property. The floors will also be remodelled to polished concrete and carpets will be installed under the billiards table and in any other areas that need improved sound absorption.
The styling of the backyard of the property will be modernised with subtropical overtones. We will achieve this sleek and stylish feel with a combination of glass, expressed steel structure, timber, and possibly aluminium panelling. Weatherboarding will, however, also be used to tie this space in with the original look and character of the rest of the Queenslander home.
We recommended a low-maintenance sub-tropical garden to soften the home. Sub-tropical soft foliage plants will provide a nice contrast to the hard surfaces.
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Project Number: 120101