At Adelaide Property Renovations we love to rescue historic homes and when the opportunity presented to renovate and extend this 1910 Queen Anne Villa we didn’t hesitate.
The most complex aspect of this extension project was working with the dilapidated state of the existing building and the vastly overgrown site. It wasn’t until this over growth was completely removed that we could start to plan what would be saved and what would form the new extension. We liaised with the heritage architect from the local council to established what must remain from the original building and what could be built to meet the guidelines of the heritage conservation zoning.
When designing this home, it was important to restore the original home and make it the hero of the overall build hence the extension needed to be classic, timeless and understated. The ceiling heights in the extension did remain high to equal the grandeur of the original home.
The site has a 1 metre fall from the front to the rear. To compensate for this a set of internal stairs between the original home and the extension were installed. These stairs have been fitted with sensor LED strip lights. Not only do the LED lights look great they also provide safety when accessing the extension at night.
The home features double glazing to all extension windows and doors. This successfully assists with heating and cooling as no curtains will be installed.
When it came to material choices a few stand out as important in the success of this project. Firstly, the flooring in the walk-in robe is reclaimed floor boards to match the existing bedroom flooring. This makes the transition from old to new seamless. The footprint of the WIR and ensuite feel like they have always been part of the home. The northern wall of the existing home had to be removed due to the extensive structural damage and this stone was reused on the façade of the ensuite to match the original home. The rear extension although understated it shouldn’t be uninspiring, with Fielders Prominence on the façade of the alfresco and cantilever lower eaves it provides an architectural detail through the elevation.
The final extension includes 2 Ensuites, WIR, Laundry, Powder Room, Butlers Pantry, Dining, Living and Kitchen with expansive doors that open on to a large polished concrete alfresco area ready for entertaining with a pizza oven.