Perched House in Fitzroy North

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Perched House in Fitzroy North

Renovated and Transformed Property in Victoria, Australia – design by Rara Architecture

21 Jun 2017

Perched House in Fitzroy North

Design: Rara Architecture

Location: Fitzroy North, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Perched House

Perched House

Perched – like a sparrow. Perched is a light extension at the rear of an inner city semi-detached Edwardian house that curves above your head.

Perched House

Perched House

Perched House

Our client wanted to renovate the existing rear extension which was structurally sound and add a bedroom – she had no idea we would reconfigure the entire house.

Perched House

Perched House

The kitchen was a very important component of the design as her partner is a chef – this had to take pride of place since entertaining and social gatherings around the island bench is a way of life for them.

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What were the key challenges?
Making use of the existing extension. As we peeled back the layers, we gradually discovered more and more needed rebuilding. Thankfully, the client was very patient.

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What were the solutions?
The staircase:
We wanted a single stair run without a landing. The client wanted a high ceiling to match the existing house. The compromise was to break up the extension into two – the kitchen has 2.4m ceiling, which solved the stair dilemma because we concealed the landing. Upstairs, we have a bedroom directly off the landing, then continue up a few more steps to reach the bathroom and rear perched bedroom. Sweeping the ceiling up with a curve just made sense after that.

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How is the project unique?
The brief and the site are common in inner-city Melbourne properties. Usually, because of the need to pack in as much space and storage as possible, the space becomes dark and feels cramped. We decided to stick to the essentials and by neatening up the layout to reduce dead space while playing with natural light to increase the drama and the effect – the space is in fact quite small, but no one would think so.

Perched House

Perched House

What are the sustainability features?
– 6.0 stars energy rating
– 2.5kW – 10 x 250 Watts panels solar panels on the roof providing renewable electricity for the house
– Gas ducted reverse cycle heating and cooling system by Modcon.
– Low maintenance colourbond cladding
– Natural light throughout to reduce the need for artificial lighting: highlight windows above bureau nook, glass roof above kitchen work space and skylights in the ensuite and walk in robe.
– Insulation R2.0 for new ground and first floor, R2.7 to all new external walls, R5.0 bulk insulation to existing and new roofs
– windows, all new windows, skylights and glazed doors are double glazed,

Perched House

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Perched House in Fitzroy North – Building Information

Project size: 150 sqm
Site size: 262 sqm
Project Budget: $550000
Completion date: 2016
Building levels: 2
Design: Rara Architecture
Architect: Wesley Spencer
Architectural Designer: Mathilde Polmard

Builder: Cloverleigh Home Improvements
Cabinet makers: Jemco kitchens
Building Surveyor: All Australian Building Permits
Structural Engineer: Kennedy Bell Infrastructure
Energy Raters: The Urban Leaf
Land surveyor: Brian Watson Surveying
Geotechnical engineer: In Depth Geotech

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Key products used:
Tongue and Groove Oak flooring (Eterno, colour: argento)
Maximum Porcelain panels
Duropal matte laminate throughout
Dulux Natural White
Liebherr wine fridge
Fisher & Paykel fridge/freezer and dishdrawer
R,C&D carpet in bedrooms – Colour: Charmeuse
Mod Cons heating and cooling system
Blum drawer system
Velux
Mondoluce (lighting)
Ajar – Master bedroom pendant
Omvivo bathroom basins
Phoenix Tapware
De Lucia and National Tiles in bathrooms
Steel Genesi combi Steam/gas cooker
Sirius rangehood
Blanco Subline sink and Linussa mixer
Caroma toilets
Franke rubbish bin and trough

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Photography: Natalie Jeffcott

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