Alterations & Additions of 1920s Timber Semi

Fairlight, New South Wales, Australia

The Fairlight House is an additions and alterations project designed by mm+j architects. The renovation of the 1920s timber semi, includes a new first floor, rear ground floor, decking and car parking.

The original house facade facing the street was retained, and a new entrance created in the side elevation.

High level Breezway Louvre Windows have been positioned in the living room above bi-fold stacking doors to help create a bright and open area for occupants to live comfortably. This living space opens out onto the rear courtyard and raised decking area allowing the residents to connect with their courtyard from the comfort of their living room couch. By installing louvres up high, air can flow in and circulate the home even when the doors are closed.

Breezway Altair Louvre Windows have also been installed in the bathroom so the wet area can be ventilated quickly when required, and an office area where the louvres are installed on opposite sides of the room. This window application is very effective for cross flow ventilation so the room can be naturally cooled without the assistance of artificial cooling.

The shift from lighter existing timber weatherboard to darker lightweight metal cladding assists in maintaining the original building charm whilst reducing the building bulk using colour, and details.

This project was part of the AAA Northern Beaches Housing Tour in November 2012.

Architect – MM+J Architects
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Photographer – Brian Steele