This dwelling was the original home on the block, probably dating from the late 60s. It had been used as a studio before lying empty for some time after the sale of the property. The decision was made to utilise the building as a home for extended family, a granny flat.
The footprint of the building was modest and the client didn’t need it added to. The brief was to bring it up to date and deal with any structural issues that were found. These ended up being the most significant part of the job as it was quite structurally unsound.
The foundations were in bad shape so these were underpinned and a new slab was poured. The roof and the asbestos ceiling were also in bad condition so they were completely removed and rebuilt.
The client wanted to retain the modest aesthetic of the home so materials reflect this. There are water glimpses from the front of the block so this was capitalised on by doubling the size of the front deck. This also gives the home substantial outdoor living space accessed through stacked glass doors.
The entry was redesigned and its skillion roof adds a little architectural interest to the structure. Inside the simple layout has been retained and makes for easy beachside living.