Victorian Workers Cottage AdditionContemporary Patio, Sydney
Photography: Karina Illovska
The garden now includes a carspace but to soften its impact and to create texture we used the recycled bricks from the original house as paving.
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Architect Danny Broe used recycled brick and stone to elevate this patio, so that people sitting in the window facing out could rest their feet there.
Quite often the project not only calls for a more functional space, but also more space in general. Leaving what is already there and working an addition around this is the most practical solution. For example, the boxed-in individual rooms of the existing house, likely with smaller, poorly solar-positioned windows, could function better as bedrooms, closed-off private rooms, or – with some internal refit modifications – an additional bathroom.
The window seat becomes the place you want to hang out when skies are blue and, with the addition of a couple of easy chairs out the back, can double as a spot for gathering with friends by day or into the night.TELL USWhich window seat would you love to have at your house? Share your thoughts, or a photo of the window seat you already have, in the Comments section.MORE15 Gorgeous Ways to Dress Up Your WindowsWindow Shopping: Creative Window Designs for Every Style of Home
Inside-outside. This built-in seat with weather-resistant fabric is framed by large bi-fold doors which open out to the modest backyard. It’s a brilliant place to read the Saturday newspaper, and since it’s under cover, there’s plenty of shade (whether from the summer sun or autumn drizzle). The only thing missing is a coffee table, for easy access to your morning coffee… or afternoon cocktail.
7. Communicate frequently with your teamA weekly or biweekly status report can help identify areas of concern. This should be done at the onset of the project and continue through construction. The construction phase is where there are likely to be changes due to site conditions, availability of products or other factors. Be sure to get all changes documented in writing, along with the dollar amount promised; sign off on both the changes and the cost to stay in control and to ensure that all team members are up to date at every stage of the building process. In construction the document is usually called a change order; it explains the nature of the change and the cost. Sometimes the changes are called extras, because they are additional to what was agreed on in the construction contract.For example, a homeowner might decide to move the location of a door, so the designer will assess the impact of the change with the general contractor and draw up a change order for review by the client. If the client is ok with the cost, then he or she would ideally sign the physical copy (often confirmation via email is used) and the work would begin.
AFTER: The owner and architect demolished the back of the house. They relocated the bathroom to the middle of the house, making way for a large unified kitchen-dining-living area at the back. This created a more comfortable space with an open outlook to the garden.
A new bay window at the back of the house is visible from the combination living room, dining room and kitchen. The windows in the bay fold back, eliminating any division between interior and exterior, and allowing Carmichael to rest her feet on the elevated patio while sitting on the spacious window seat. Broe created that patio – as well as the garden’s paths – using brick and stone salvaged from the demolished parts of the house.Window seat fabric: Fingers, Signature Prints; doors, windows: Windoor