Working with a floor plan that made sense on paper but not in practice, Pipkorn & Kilpatrick’s first task was restoring functionality and much-needed natural light to the home. The addition of a large, uninterrupted north-facing window and generous sliding doors to the east allow light to flood into the living spaces and also creates an easy flow between indoor and outdoor. The addition of two large skylights above the kitchen draw in even more light, which moves across the walls of the living space in shifting shapes – another clever way of integrating the outdoors in, and a feature in its own right.
The home, though unchanged in its layout, is now far more connected and has a larger feel thanks, in part, to the use of materials and joinery. A long piece of soft grey joinery links the kitchen through to the lounge, finishing at a feature fireplace that has been transformed from red-brick to matt black. The elegant layering of oak parquetry floors is juxtaposed by the earthy, raw appeal of the kitchen’s large Blackwood island bench.