Elizabeth Residence

Completed 2023

Residential Alterations - "A Scandinavian-inspired home in the heart of Mayfield",

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Mayfield stands as one of Newcastle's most sought-after neighborhoods, trailing only behind Merewether, Tighes Hill, and Newcastle itself. Its appeal lies in its rich cultural heritage and historical significance, boasting some of the city's grandest and oldest houses adorned with beautiful period features.

Many homebuyers flock to Mayfield in search of their dream home or investment property, drawn to its historical charm and the opportunity to own a piece of Newcastle's past. Elizabeth Street, in particular, is renowned for its homes bursting with character.

One such property, a 1990s brick veneer house, stood out amidst its older counterparts. Despite its apparent mismatch with the surrounding architecture, its potential caught our eye. The house, with its spacious driveway and garage, presented an opportunity for transformation.

The challenges were apparent upon acquisition. The house was dark, prone to extreme temperatures, and lacked character. However, we saw beyond its flaws and envisioned a modern, open-plan space that would seamlessly blend with its surroundings.

The transformation began with the conversion of the garage into a contemporary kitchen, retaining the original concrete floor polished to reveal vibrant hues. Curves and geometry were incorporated into the design, maximizing space utilization and adding a sense of fluidity.

Attention to detail was paramount, with every aspect of the design meticulously curated. Inspired by Scandinavian aesthetics and sustainable practices, we created a space that harmonized functionality with elegance.

Remarkably, the renovation, completed within a short timeframe, retained the original footprint of the house, preserving its exterior charm. Salvaged materials were repurposed, adding to the project's sustainability. In essence, the transformation of this once-overlooked property exemplifies the seamless blend of tradition and innovation, breathing new life into Mayfield's architectural landscape.

This project was a prototype for the following questions:

  • Can we completely change the property with out changing the footprint?
  • Can we merge daily activities in each space ? - sleeping, studying, reading, gathering, eating
  • What happens when the need for vehicle storage is removed?
  • Can material add warmth? Can we re-think materials? - Walls, cabinetry, flooring

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