The original brief for this project was to extend the existing timber-framed house on site to create more living space for a family of 5. However, following the Canterbury Earthquakes, the house has become badly-damaged and needed to be replaced. This gave us an opportunity to redesign the spatial layout of the house and resolve all the issues we had encountered during the alteration.
The house now has a generous entry space allowing off-street parking; a long gallery-style entrance hall linking the entry foyer to the rear garden. The master bedroom, study, TV room, lounge and kitchen/living spaces ‘branch’ off the gallery to provide interaction between the members of the family. Upstairs is designed as a separate part of the house where the teenage children have their own bedrooms as well as a shared space for doing homework and watching television.
The main living area, the outdoor dining and pool areas has been placed near the stream. This is a sunny space sheltered from the easterly winds.