It might be small, but this modest little renovation in Melbourne by Nest Architects, sure packs a mighty punch when it comes to improving the way the residents live in this house.
The family of five (a couple and their three children) wanted an indoor and outdoor dining space large enough to accommodate everyone and a few guests. A new kitchen was also in order as the existing one was in a bad condition, as well a secondary food preparation area for one of the children who had a dietary condition.
“The client is an extremely keen gardener and has a couple of chickens as well,” says architect Emilio Fuscaldo. “So, we extended the brief to include some external landscaping, including a covered pergola.”
So how do you achieve all this on a small budget, in just 50 square metres and without disrupting family life during the renovation?
The answer lies in a masterful stroke by architect. “Instead of just chucking on three new rooms, we made one in three ways,” Emilio explains.
“Our inspiration was to create a beautiful window seat where you could read the paper, open the window and touch the garden. We resolved this by creating a window seat that extends the internal space, making it feel bigger, provides seating to the large dining table, and creates a great place to sit and watch the garden.”
So with one simple gesture, Nest Architects have created what is essentially a dining space which accommodates eight people, that also acts as a secondary kitchen and a place to sit and read.
“The new window box is [also] a great way to mark the threshold from inside to outside,” says Emilio. “We can be so boring as designers to think the inside should flow to the outside without any obstruction, but we reckon there’s something really exciting to be had when the threshold is though of in a different way – as a space where activity can happen, like reading, watching and listening.”