Art deco home renovation/extension suggestions needed!
We're planning a renovation/extension of our very original clinker brick home. We've got a pretty long wishlist which may not be feasible, so I'd love your brains for this one to see if there is a way!
We could always go up (more expense, could compromise the facade, but would make layout easier) but I want to see if we can keep to one level.
· The house has a north-facing rear so the full backyard and rear of the house gets great light throughout the day, we want to capitalise on this.
· The front rooms (master bedroom, lounge, dining, hallway) have beautiful period details we’d like to keep untouched and retain in their current function - we use these rooms a lot, like the cosiness of these rooms and want to enjoy the period details and keep relatively true to the integrity of the house & era. (an easy layout option that some people take in an effort to add bedrooms to the real estate ad is to turn the original lounge room into a bedroom, we want to avoid this if possible).
· We love our relatively large back yard (15m D x 14m wide). we’re happy to sacrifice some of to extend the house (though don’t want to use more than half).
· We also have a side driveway 2.6m wide that is currently wasted space (not wide enough for modern day cars!) running along the western master bedroom side of the house which I would love to see built out onto (with inset light wells/breezeway as needed). The other side of the house is 1.1m wide.
· We can build to the boundary in our municipality for almost half the length of the block (more than we would need).
• At least 3 bedrooms
• A multi-purpose room - guest room / study etc (out of town relatives & I work mainly from home)
• A central family bathroom (with toilet)
• Small ensuite & WIR (likely where the current 2.6m wide driveway is to the side of the master bedroom).
• An open plan kitchen/meals/living area
1 Light: light / bright spaces (north-facing rear almost mattered more to me than the house when house hunting!)
2 Flow: good, functional flow of the layout
3 Greenery: good link between outside & indoor spaces - light, green views etc.
• cleverly & efficiently designed spaces, rather than just large spaces
• would rather smaller bedrooms/laundry/bathrooms etc and larger living spaces
• clever, discreet storage
• we have a 4 & 1 year old, we love gardening, cooking, having friends & family over for meals & love being outside.
• to capitalise on the north facing rear (and even the western boundary space) with our kitchen / dining / living at the rear of the home for good light and flow into the backyard (so ideally no bedrooms at the rear). Don't mind whether in a line across or an L-shape.
• to move the current kitchen which is in the centre of the house and dark (could continue the hallway with integrated storage walls...??!)
• to retain the current living / dining as mentioned above
• to avoid bedrooms and bathrooms directly off living areas.
• A dedicated laundry (small but smartly designed), not a Euro laundry.
Would love but not essential!:
• A small powder room
• A small walk in pantry or at least a floor to ceiling pantry cupboard. Something larger to stuff the dirty dishes after a meal would be amazing!
• Kitchen island without services (sink or stove); a shelf level appliance cupboard;
• An airing cupboard in the laundry to avoid a dryer.
• A side door to outside for the laundry or kitchen (we use veggies etc from the garden a lot).
See! It's a long list, but I wanted to see whether it may be possible!!?!
Would LOVE your suggestions please.