The clients, a young family, were after a modest addition to their Victorian townhouse to house a new kitchen, dining room, bathroom, laundry & a large storage shed for their many bikes. The addition would front their garden & get all day sun so would effectively be the space the family would spend a lot of time in. It needed to be open to the garden, light & sunny as a space as well as space efficient & very functional.. A white, copper & timber palette was selected & the space was planned to make maximum use of minimal space.
Small space can be highly livable if planned right with loads of storage built in & large openings to daylight & garden expanse. Small space doesn't equal small budget necessarily, the same amount of contractors are needed, its just in creating a smaller space so cost-saving needs to be done through smart material selection & simple building details.
The brief asked for a habitable family space that was warm, connecting to the garden with a highly efficient kitchen able to service a young family of four with busy working parents, heaps of general storage space internally & externally & a light filled bathroom, on a minimal footprint & budget.
The key challenges lied in a tight footprint of 27m2 so as to not encroach too far into the garden.
The key products used were Auhaus copper doorpulls.
It is a highly efficient space, the family lives & functions in this tiny space happily. This is due to the extent of glazing & openings to the garden, giving the feeling of expansive space. It is oriented to receive maximum daylight & warmth for winter with external blinds to block out summer heat. Every pragmatic element is also a design element through the use of materials, form, shapes, so there is no need for added or 'feature' elements. There is a drip rack installed in cupboards above the sink so dishes can be washed & stored out of sight behind cupboard doors, ready for easy use later.
Photographer: Daniel Fuge (@dan_dfpc) Builder: Alphington Builders