Those who pass by the period façade may not be aware of the contemporary intervention that discretely unravels at the rear – but this is truly where the magic happened. Replacing the old addition is a smaller, more efficient design. This new part of the home is aptly called the garden room – a double-glazed façade framed by refreshingly light and robust brickwork and designed to require little maintenance over time. Here sliding doors welcome courtyard ventilation and cooling, while eaves and leafy foliage offer shade to temper the summer sun. Inside, this garden room outlook is best appreciated in the owner’s purpose-built writing room. As the garden grows it will further enclose the outdoor rooms and offer added privacy.
The new may appear nothing quite like the old, but it abides by a typically linear Victorian plan, where rooms are entered off either side of a central hallway. The front part has been left largely intact, except for the hyper blue bathroom – one of two in the four-bedroom home. What Clare and her team didn’t carry through from the old was the ceiling height, intentionally lowered to ‘enhance the horizontal spatial experience’.