The insertion of this courtyard integrates the natural landscape with the family’s everyday life, while encouraging family interaction through the communal spaces it creates. “A largely open plan central hub was designed to provide valued together time whilst also promoting multi-tasking as required” architect Annabelle Berryman says. Adjacent to the central courtyard on one side and the rear courtyard on the other, the hub comprises of the essential spaces such as the family room, kitchen, pantry and large communal bench area, as well as an area “not dedicated to any particular function”. “It is easy to assign a function to each and every square inch of floor plate, but sometimes the best spaces are the ones designed for just that, ‘a space’” says Annabelle.
Studiofour also looked to embrace limitations of the existing residence as opportunities in the renovation. For instance, the low ceilings of the home created a unique way to promote connection between internal and external spaces. “We recognised an opportunity to oversize and extend the existing eaves to run throughout the ground floor” Annabelle explains. “The generous eaves emphasise a strong horizontality and extend one’s eye from inside to out”.