The owners of this 1970's architectural gem fell in love with the style of this building. It was important to them, that while the gully house was adapted to suit their family needs and aspirations, that the original character (which first caught their attention) be honoured.
The home sits on the edge of Hamilton's Fairfield gully and it is important to the clients to create a link to this outdoor space. Due to slope stability issues large expansive decks are not feasible, therefore opening up existing high level windows and providing decks to the small areas available was important. The house is centered around a large summer courtyard which sits between two wings: sleeping and living. Connection to this space from both sides, and the entry link, was important to make this space a key part of everyday family life.
The existing features of the house, such as the large timber skillion ceiling, strong external form and cedar cladding where crucial to retain. New materials have been chosen to complement and contrast the existing, while also offering a more budget considerate option. As the project was large, it was decided to stage this: Stage 1 is the conversion of the existing annex into a 1-bedroom studio unit, which will be used for guest accommodation.
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