A blended family can literally double your home requirements in one go. With 7 children between them ranging from primary-school age through to young adults, this is the problem our client faced. The two families wanted to come together but neither home could accommodate them. They needed much more space in order to transform one into the family home of their dreams.
The design process for the family home was complex and involved. The family had a specific vision in mind and were prepared to take their time to ensure things were “just right”. After 12 months they had resolved all design issues and were ready to build.
The large second-level extension managed to provide a bedroom for each child and 2 separate living areas, one for Mum and Dad and another for the kids. 2-way bathrooms are a standard feature of the design and built-in-wardrobes plus additional storage were maximised throughout.
A new outdoor entertainment area and an additional dining area complement the interior spaces. A large carport and adjoining breezeway provide a modern, inviting look to the home extension.
Life was made easier for this large family.
The existing home was a typical mid-1900’s asbestos box house which had deteriorated badly but was in sound structural condition. We continued with the simple geometrical shape by re-cladding the house with durable fibre-cement cladding and went to the effort of considering the location of joints between sheets. Simple skillion roofs on the house, carport and breezeway helped create a modern industrial look. To soften the look, louvres were added to the external walls along with timber louvres in some internal areas. They not only look great, they bring in a huge amount of natural light and airflow through the home. The timber battens over the cladding, screens and fencing help to unify the design while again softening the simple lines of the house. The overall design is simple and industrial while still retaining the warmth and character of a family home.