In architecture, it’s usually a lot harder to succeed small and compact than big and expansive, and it’s especially cool when architects and designers manage to get it right. This extension to a Victorian patio is a good example of how this can be done.
Designed by local folk architects, the two-story extension consists of an open-plan living area, study and bedroom that despite their small footprint are airy and light, the result of plenty of natural light, a variety of curated views and a clever design approach. Named Storybook, the home features a bohemian style of home from 1920s America and contemporary Japanese interiors.
The design of this home is rational and practical: think hidden storage under the built-in sofa and a desk that doubles as a mezzanine balustrade. These ideas allowed the designers to incorporate all the comforts of modern life while enhancing the sense of space achieved through the use of multipurpose open spaces and the provision of multiple connections between indoor and outdoor spaces.
An elegantly landscaped backyard with dining patio, a cleverly positioned courtyard and upstairs patio offer generous views as well as plenty of natural light and a central skylight covering both the downstairs living area and master bedroom with study area above. The abundance of window openings not only reduces the need for artificial lighting, but also facilitates passive ventilation. Sustainable features include solar panels and micro-inverters, rainwater harvesting, sun protection and reduced heat exposure thanks to the light reflection pattern of white and cream terracotta roof tiles.