Our house was built in 1959. On a corner block, one room deep with an L-shaped plan and orientated so it receives cool summer breezes and warm winter sun it was the perfect starting point for renovation.
We renovated in stages completing much of the work ourselves, employing builders and tradesmen where necessary with friends and family all lending a hand.
The house felt small for a family of five but for many years we lived happily within the original footprint by removing some walls and opening the house to the garden to make it feel larger and more spacious.
Later we extended the house with just one flexible room and making a covered courtyard between the new and old in the process. Lastly we converted the tumbledown garage into a gym and storeroom.
Original features have been kept and there has been little waste with most dismantled materials being reused either onsite or other sites.
The front deck, courtyard and garden are all part of our living space, we open and close the house to breezes as dictated by the season. To support local wildlife we've planted indigenous species and built a frog pond with reused concrete blocks.
Water is stored and used throughout the house and garden. We have solar panels on the roof for our hot water and hope to soon use a battery to store surplus energy from more panels.
Our next (and hopefully last) phase is a carport and kitchen bay window.
modifications & extension
kedron, brisbane, qld