A new old house #5

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View from the living towards the deck and pool

Lovely modern houses sometimes come with ample room, but among the early builds, many were extremely modest or even basic.

Our adventure transformed this house because, as a compact 115sqm house – we had no distinct living spaces. What started as an adequate 3 bedroom house with a “luxurious” en-suite (900mm wide) was eventually impossible to live with when kids became teenagers, and family entertaining was more important.

The floor plan now reflects 5 bedrooms, with built ins. A separate family, living and kitchen space. And large outdoor deck from which each lower bedroom has its own access. And a pool, among other fun elements.

Our native garden has been rejuvenated in keeping with the area and native plant requirements, and landscape architect Bruce McKenzie’s original designs for P&S gardens back in the day. Rocks for lizards, flowers for colour, fruit trees and space for vegetables.

What I love the most (and what is an accidental discovery from the new areas) are the beautiful patterns and shadows cast by sunrises and sunsets, the vistas, and connections to shapes, colours and textures in nature.

This also happens in the original part of the house through the windows which are now all full height.

From the new master bedroom looking toward the new family room.
Shadows at sunset looking out to the rear
Sunrise shapes on the wall
Sunset from the family room

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