College House

Renovation of Cape Cod home & new modern extension.  New fully landscaped gardens including pool.

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A decision was made to keep the front four rooms of this Cape Cod style home as the building was in good structural shape and the rooms were well proportioned, this meant that the facade would stay and so our first challenge was what to do with the original facade which lacked much appeal.  Whilst the facade was not typical, the symmetry and balance meant that potential existed to work with the basic bones and simply change the surfaces.  Through the combination of white render, a new American Shingle tiled roof, a high gloss black door and new garden and paths we were able to drastically change the look of the façade.  The transformation of the facade, along with the addition of the black timber clad box housing the garage, now creates a wonderful first impression and hints that something special lies behind the front door.

Internally a new double height entry void was created to compensate for the low ceilings that existed in the front four rooms and this design element was crucial to the success of the overall design as it allowed an openess and connectedness  between spaces.  Floor boards and carpets were replaced, cornices removed and a double storey modern extension added with an open plan living dining kitchen on the bottom level and master suite on the top level.

The back garden was completely redone with new levels set, and the addition of a pool with custom designed pool fence.  Particularly pleasing was how the tones of the natural rusting process of the bespoke steel fence matched the stained blackbutt decking.  The large format bluestone tiles around the pool tie the front to the back and create a contrast against the large decked area.  The whole back yard is then wrapped in a layer of green. 

front facade before
back facade before