The homeowners were familiar with the opportunities, quirks and constraints of the site, having lived in the home for several years before Wellard Architects’ intervention. As with Californian Bungalows of the same era, the original floorplan failed to make use of the garden and consisted of pokey, segregated rooms with a lack of flow. Harriet says a key aspect to the brief was the client’s ever-growing collection of French art that saw the need to introduce extensive, uninterrupted wall space to exhibit their pieces. “It was important the design solution reflected their creative personalities, but also their desire to honour their home’s 100-year past,” Harriet explains.
Wellard Architects retained the framework from the existing central hallway, transforming it into a courtyard-like corridor with an immediate visual link to the new garden and Spanish-bricked extension. This light-filled corridor represents the transition from old to new through subtle encaustic tiles and a drop-down step into the most used area of the home. The built-in window seat utilises an unused portion of the hallway, offering a spot to sit and relax away from the bustle of the open-plan living space.