HOUSE IN SANDOWN
Home in Sandown
This renovation of a small dated cluster home doubled the size from 160sq.m. to 320sq.m. and resulted in a modern steel, glass and concrete home which lives out to the river flowing through the property on the east side. Though the site is a reasonable size at 840sq.m. the river reduces this by nearly half, restricting the footprint of the house quite dramatically.
The alterations also resulted in most of the rooms now receiving north sun in winter, where previously it was rather dark and dingy in winter.
The entrance and double garages are situated on the west side, where upon entering the view is through the double volume living space and lanai to a massive willow tree on the bank of the river. A staircase was manipulated to create timber platforms where it starts and then morphs into cantilevered floating treads.
The living room and guest suite downstairs lead onto a lanai and a raised pool with infinity edge next to it. Timber decks lead from the lanai to the river edge.
M Square Lifestyle Design was responsible for the interiors, done in a natural palette using wood and concrete against the exposed steel structure with earth coloured feature walls.
An open wine cellar adjoins the kitchen and dining room, flowing from family room.
On the first floor a mezzanine on the landing from the staircase was enlarged to create a small study overlooking the double volume living space below. The spacious main suite’s north wall is a 14meter long sliding door flooding the bedroom and bathroom in sunlight in winter.
Another suite and a gym are also on the first floor. By using mono-pitch steel roofs saw-tooth-like north facing windows where created to bring north sun into the rooms in winter.