THINK BRICK AWARDS 2018
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Cramb Brothers [Alan Cramb]
Push (Paul Curran and Michael Chen)
This project came with many existing positives: a high quality structure, a neat brick base with a suspended hardwood floor, beautiful casement windows, timber-framed doors within slim-profiled horizontal chamfer boards, a “cut” hip roof clad in original terracotta tiles and a garage with a suspended hardwood floor. However, the house had no relationship to the garden or the park. It also had dysfunctional internal planning and there was no adequate car accommodation or fencing. The garage had great bones worthy of a higher calling.
The strategy was to “embrace the bungalow with the love it deserves.” The new work included removing the bricked-in portions of the original front and rear patios; retaining the terracotta pavers; extending the rear patio roof in matching recycled terracotta tiles, architecturally manipulating the original geometry to embrace the south-west park aspect; enabling the new structure to intervene internally over the new kitchen; adding new screens inspired by 1950s woven furniture for sun control and privacy; using new brickwork to embellish the original material palette; repurposing the garage for the florist studio, with a new garden entry and deck; and subtly incorporating a carport to the side of the front garden.