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Auchenflower National Trust Home Renovation

Project summary

Auchenflower National Trust Home Renovation

When the client approached dion seminara architecture to undertake the renovation and extension of this period home, it was clear that a robust design methodology was required.

Glentworth is a heritage home, with stunning examples of classic heritage architecture, and as such retaining the features that make this home such a historically significant example of 1880s Queensland timber colonial architecture was of upmost importance to our firm.

When our architects undertake the design process for any historic home renovations, we first and foremost have to ensure that the heritage elements which make the home so unique are respected and retained.

In the case of Glentworth, the site had two street frontage – allowing us to showcase the timeless elegance of the historic heritage architecture on one side, as well as the bespoke contemporary additions on the other side.

In order to retain the integrity of the heritage elements of the home, the majority of contemporary changes were made to the rear of the house – meaning they cannot be seen from the Rosalie Central Business area.

Project details

Period restoration

An extension done in 1975 was removed to make way for the new extension. However, the 1975 extension’s floor level was maintained at half a metre higher than the heritage home to preserve the outlook to the north and east.

The enclosed verandah off the main bedroom was converted into an en-suite, and the existing family bathroom was renovated.

The kitchen was converted to a laundry and powder room, and part of the walk-in robe from the main bedroom was also used to create a larger space.

The existing verandah was modified to form an impressive curved entry structure and stair.

An open drying court deck now disconnects the modern from the heritage with a landscaped courtyard providing additional separation between the deck and the verandah.

At the ground level the rear extension is separated from the existing house by a courtyard; therefore the lovely vistas from the adjacent street through to the rear of the existing house did not change.

The new extension is linked to the old house via a continuation of the existing verandah. This verandah now has frameless sliding glass which was installed behind the balustrade so it would appear as an open verandah.

New galvanised iron roof sheeting in short length was used to replace the existing corroded roof sheeting. The new roof over the new extension is also galvanised roof sheeting. A garage and basement level were placed substantially below ground.

Given the existing homes’ dominant architectural character, the new extensions to the roof line are of a simple form in keeping with the current house.

Design philosophies

Modern Architectural Design & Colonial Heritage

The architectural detail of the new extension is representative of today’s architectural design philosophies and current building materials. Although the new expansion is large, it neither competes nor replicates the architectural style and detail of the original Heritage home. The traditional 1880s classic Colonial Heritage which made this home worthy of inclusion on the Queensland Heritage Register remains in all its glory at the front of the home.

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Project Number: 990302


Period Renovation Architect

Period Renovation Auchenflower by dion seminara architecture

Dion Seminara is an experienced period renovation architect that preserves the beauty of heritage listed homes, while harmoniously blending the new designs with the old. Glentworth’s beautiful period renovation design enhances the value of the home through the modern design of the rear extension, and fantastic restoration of the heritage architecture at the front of the home.

As an experienced heritage architect Dion is well versed in the restrictions placed on Heritage listed homes and can create wonderful designs that remain well within these regulations.

Glentworth is an example of Dion’s incredible designs for a heritage home that successfully integrates modern architecture with historical design. The first image that you see below is the modern rear extension. The second is the beautifully enhanced and maintained period renovation of 1880’s classic Queensland Colonial Heritage design.

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