“Given the nature of the block, we created terraces that the occupants can sit on and enjoy the afternoon light, as well as doubling as a fantastic space for entertaining, where the kitchen/dining and living room ultimately opens up to the sun-drenched decking so guests could easily come in and out. To meet the request for spaces where the family could be together, we decided to connect the living room, kitchen and dining into one big and beautiful, open space – where the family could maximise their opportunities to be together; cooking and eating dinner and hanging out all in the one area no matter what each other was doing (playing, eating, cooking, watching TV and so on).”
The final product exhibits careful consideration to the existing house proportions. The layout captures every opportunity for external views through the garden. “It was a land-lock site with butting boundary walls to the north,” says McCorkell. “The orientation of the site proved most difficult with western orientations so, creating large overhangs and Low-E glass windows was essential to ensure comfort inside and protect from the harshness of the sun, creating better livability of the spaces.