Abbotsford House 3


Our clients required a home to entertain, a home to house wine as well as up to 7 bikes on this tight inner city site.

Design Constraints:

The heritage overlay and narrow site lead to a complex structural solution to comply with built form and street required setbacks.

Design Resolution:

The sloping walls to the rear were a result of side setbacks, with the master bedroom set up so the bedhead was the lower section of wall. The first floor also comprised of a walk in robe as an extension of a home office, allowing a small ensuite to be tucked in between the stair and the bedroom. The stair formed the central spine of the house and housed a controlled temperature wine cellar for 1000 bottles of wine. The plasterboard edges of the stair and walls around the bikes were capped with a Victorian Ash capping rail, and the existing brickwork was cleaned and exposed in the entry allowing the old part of the building to be celebrated. Storage solutions were used under the stair o gain as much storage as possible on this small inner city site. The island bench doubles as a dining table, and was left clean of appliances. A skylight allows valuable natural light into he kitchen space and a new built in BBQ allows the living to continue beyond the bifold doors to the courtyard at the rear. Metal cladding was used to areas that may require maintenance and timber cladding was applied to the the rear facade which is easy to access and more visually appealing aesthetic form the rear.

Site Area: 106 sqm

Floor Area (excl. decks/terraces): Footprint 72sqm / overall floor area 113sqm

Design, Documentation: 1 year 6 months

Construction: 10 months