The existing house presents an unapologetic and dated façade to the street and turns its back on the serene bushland to the rear garden – essentially, it was a box without any connection to its context or the potential daylight, ventilation and views.
internally the house retained its original decor within an expansive yet confused double storey arrangement. The long, low ceilings created and introverted, oppressive and claustrophobic interior.
We were approached to update and make sense of the spaces within the existing house and to transform the appeal of the exterior, creating new connections to the context and to design in a way that enabled the owner-builders to manage the alterations and additions themselves on a tight budget.
The result is transforming this tired old house and the client’s enjoyment of it beyond all expectation.
CURRENTLY ON SITE
NERANG. GOLD COAST. AUSTRALIA
TIMBER. MASONRY. GLASS
“A couple of years ago we had the opportunity to purchase a large 1970’s house on acreage in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The property had been vacant for some time and was quite neglected. Knowing how amazing it could be, but without the vision to turn the “somewhat unappealing” yellow brick façade into something a little more tasteful, we decided to engage ABA on how we could take this ugly duckling and make it our own! “
“Alex is a great listener, receptive to feedback, very honest and always careful to maintain the integrity of the design and the vision for the project. We couldn’t be happier with the process and the result”