Surry Hills HouseContemporary Deck, Sydney
A tiny 65m site with only 3m of internal width posed some interesting design challenges.
The Victorian terrace façade will have a loving touch up, however entering through the front door; a new kitchen has been inserted into the middle of the plan, before stepping up into a light filled new living room. Large timber bifold doors open out onto a timber deck and extend the living area into the compact courtyard. A simple green wall adds a punctuation mark of colour to the space.
A two-storey light well, pulls natural light into the heart of the ground and first floor plan, with an operable skylight allowing stack ventilation to keep the interiors cool through the Summer months. The open plan design and simple detailing give the impression of a much larger space on a very tight urban site.
Photography by Huw Lambert
What Houzz contributors are saying:
This homeowner has taken low-maintenance to a new level, turning the whole backyard into a deck. Adding a green wall makes the most of the outdoor area’s modest proportions, without taking up valuable space; in fact 13 per cent of Houzzers claimed that they had added in this feature.
Leave some empty spaceA sense of spaciousness is essential in any minimalist space, and that means resisting the urge to give every bit of decking a purpose. With minimalism, emptiness is the purpose. In this tiny three-metre-wide courtyard at the back of a Victorian-style terrace, leaving much of the deck empty dramatically increases the sense of space, an approach architect Angus Mackenzie used throughout the home. Timber bi-fold doors open the house up to the courtyard, where a green wall punctuates the space. “The open-plan design and simple detailing give the impression of a much larger space on a very tight urban site,” says Mackenzie.
8. Simple yet stylishIf you have a small courtyard, it can be a good idea to go for a more minimalist approach so it looks bigger. Angus Mackenzie Architects designed this simple outdoor space in Sydney’s Surry Hills with comfy furniture and a small green wall as the only decor.
Creating a focal pointVertical gardens are a terrific tool for building interest where there was none before. They are able to grab your attention and draw you through a space. This inner city courtyard could be quite drab without the drama of the green wall at one end.
Timber bi-fold doors extend the new living space out into a compact courtyard. A vertical garden adds greenery, and there’s still room left for the clothesline, albeit one that folds flat against the wall.