Joe Kovacs Architect
Murrumbeena House: A new look homestead style
              Bushland Views

A critical aspect of this project was making the most of the north facing bushland outlook. The new family room extension was designed to open onto an existing deck overlooking the backyard. A large projecting curved bay is echoed in an elevated barrel vaulted ceiling with clerestory windows which creates a sense of space and drama.

In addition to shading given by wide projecting eaves, the thermal performance of the extension was enhanced by the use of of tinted double glazing, which has also eliminated the need for window furnishings.
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My Passion
            Stairs to the Side

This master bedroom and parents’ retreat had to be built with minimal disruption to the existing house, which had only recently been renovated.

Consequently we built the new stairs onto the side of the house, thereby creating extra storage and an integrated bookshelf system, without sacrificing existing space.

To capture north sun in the parents’ retreat we introduced a skillion roof with overhead louvre windows. These are also an effective way of cooling the house quickly in summer, thus reducing energy consumption while still maximising comfort.
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     A Seamless Transformation

A collaboration with colleague and friend Ian Laurie-Rhodes, Architect.

The cost of this substantial renovation and extension project was lineball with a knock down and rebuild. However, the owners were excited about the way we were able to seamlessly transform their modest 1940s brick veneer art deco styled house. It is now a two storey home which to casual observers may appear to be a new house. Instead, the clients have retained the desirable features of their classic home and now live in the best of both worlds.
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