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St Lucia Character Home Renovation

Project scope

St Lucia Character Home Renovation

This purpose of this renovation was to create more space for two family groups living in this home. The owners of the 1930’s character home also saw a significant improvement in the street appeal of the house. Finally, the renovation also needed to include a better connection between the home and the back garden.

The most significant change planned for the 1930’s character home was the de-centralisation of the front entrance to a side entry. This change allowed the front access to convert to bedrooms. New living areas were designed to be on the ground floor.

Design philosophy

Character Home Design Style

The proposed changes designed for the front of the home were purposely made simple and refined. This was to ensure that they complemented the classical styling of the front of the existing house. For this reason, face brickwork was incorporated into the design. This is to provide impact around the entry and carport. In conclusion, balancing each end of the home.

New front fence and landscaping are apart of the renovation design. With the purpose of providing a stately appearance. The newly designed entry included skylights in the entry hall. Which would be inviting to guests through the provision of natural lighting. By hanging many of the artworks belonging to the owners onto the available wall space, the entry will be further enhanced.

Project details

Internal Layout And Views

Internally, the St Lucia character home renovation design ensured that views of the back garden and pool were visible as one descended the internal staircase. Furthermore, on the lower floor level, the home will have expansive views to the north, north-east and into the backyard.

Fulfilling one of the primary purposes of the St Lucia character home renovation, the new living area and outdoor space would provide an all year round living and relaxation space.

A fireplace was also recommended to add to the winter atmosphere.

The design also ensured that the main bedroom (plus ensuite) had a visual connectivity with the new living wing. Thus, allowing supervision of children from this zone.

Architectural design

Further Information And Completed Design

The new living wing and redeveloped lower ground floor level provide a substantial increase in floor space within the home.

The renovation design for the lower ground floor offers a formal dining space and a cellar, seen through a glass wall to one side of the internal corridor. The lower ground floor area also included entertainment, music, and mudrooms. The carport provides access to these areas.

A small library area off the hallway leading from the entry provides a connection to the front yard pergola area. This area not only renders a small library/study but also captures expansive views to the west.

The completed design achieved the purpose of the character home renovation. Adding additional living areas, substantially increased street appeal and improved connectivity between the internal and external living areas. The images below illustrate the home before the renovation and the improvements contained within the renovation design.

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