Our brief to TT Architecture was simple – transform our 1960s suburban box into a spacious, light-infused designer home while preserving our cottage garden, the block’s major attraction. We also had a modest budget. While TT brought our expectations about the cost of renovating a home back to reality, they certainly delivered on the rest.
From the outset, we were very clear that we did not want to turn our small suburban box into a larger suburban box. There were plenty of architects out there willing to do just that, but we chose TT because we wanted something different. We did not want to be confined to a world of right angles but rather we were seeking drama, flair and personality, things we had admired in other TT designed homes.
Of the designs prepared by TT, Tony Trobe’s two storey design, incorporating a dramatic, curved colourbond roof and central tower, fit the bill perfectly. The design reoriented the floor plan towards the north, making the living areas significantly lighter and providing impressive views of the garden (and of the surrounding area from upstairs). It also let us have the best of both worlds by creating the extra indoor space we needed without compromising the outdoor living spaces we valued so highly. The elements we retained of the old house were skilfully incorporated into a cohesive whole.
We were also impressed by the many practical elements of the design which maximised the use of space. The under-stair area was not wasted but cleverly incorporates a laundry on one side and entertainment unit on the other. The inclusion of a small wine room, built around the dimensions of our existing wine fridge, was icing on the cake.
TT’s interior designer did an excellent job helping us choose quality interior finishes to complement the contemporary design of the house. The end result is a dream home that has met – and in some places exceeded – our high expectations.