Archinspect Architecture is a small responsive architectural practice based in Oatlands near Parramatta, (the geographical heart of the Sydney metropolitan area), providing a full range of architectural services to our clients.
Each solution is a tailor-made response to our Client’s brief, taking into account constraints imposed by the site, planning bodies, local requirements & applicable use of materials.
The result being a bespoke “one-off”…. We have no standard or “signature” design.
with a limited budget this makeover concentrated on making the most of the space whilst utilizing materials with good thermal properties to give the whole dwelling a fresh new look. Re-arranging the roof stucture will allow passive cooling in summer via the highlight windows. Building starts early 2016.
3 bedroom brick veneer bungalow has been outgrown by its young family & is in desperate need of a makeover.
stripping the existing dwelling back to the original 4 rooms (separated by a hallway down the centre) & then adding a sympathetic pavillion capturing the northerly aspect & linked to the original dwelling with a modern kitchen & services area. A loft/studio above a double tandem garage on the south side makes fo a modern family home in the best street.
magnificent mountains block with original Victorian worker’s cottage in almost original condition with the exception of the “lean-to” at the back.
addition of a separate pavilion to replace the clad garage containing a Master bedroom suite above a quad garage is then linked to the existing dwelling with a glazed informal living area. Partial internal rearrangement to compliment the addition completes the picture. Care has been taken to retain the magnificent Grandiflora Magnolia specimen in the courtyard.
1950’s double brick dwelling which has undergone a bedroom extension once previously. Set on a large battle-axe block it was ripe for a transformation as the “bones” are good & solid & do not warrant wholesale KDRB which is so common thesedays.
leading the client away from the all-Australian “lean-to” resulted in a large useable Alfresco area connected to the main body of the house by full width stacking doors. Facing south makes it a very agreeable summer-evening area. Shutters on the W end contol sun & breezes. Substantial nternal rearrangement also complemented the extension. Re-landscaping will complete the project.
next-to-useless rear deck tended to become a place for accumulation of junk. Although facing south, it does have a nice outlook over the pool.
…a “standard” red texture brick veneer suburban bungalow that needs to take the quantum-leap into the 21st century to accommodate a growing family.
…in a great location backing onto a park to the north gave great opportunity to capitalize on the site by adding a storey. The use of technologically advanced materials also gives great thermal benefits whilst bringing the indoors out & creating a dwelling more suitable to today’s family lifestyle.
Hat Hill Road
..demolition back to the original 2 bedroom cottage, a full restoration retaining the timber lining boards on ceilings, walls & beautiful wide floorboards, then the addition of a sympathetic, yet modern extension open to light & solar gain has given this classic lady a new lease of life.
Pine Hill Avenue
..now light & airy, this 1930’s Art Deco ground floor apartment has been transformed into a modern living space more suited to 21st century living.
..the wall between original Kitchen & Living room has been removed, but not without considerable difficulty, as the two floors above have had to be supported.
..the only evidence of the large steel support structure & concrete footings needed are some crisp white bulkheads & columns.
..artificial lighting was always a requirement prior.
..before…..recycling of a beautiful suburban block replacing its poorly altered 1920’s dwelling that had never addressed its northerly aspect.
aerial view from the north showing the creation of a perfect indoor/outdoor relationship with the site & living area; something not considered 100 years ago..
Street view is unpretentious & gives little away of what is to follow, nestled behind the huge Queensland Brushbox on the footpath.
view of the living areas from the rear boundary.
..concept sketches for waterfront knock-down rebuild.
..concept sketch for suburban knock-down rebuild on a narrow block with existing large street tree & overland flow issues. The Client purchased the property with “DA approved”, but a list of onerous consent conditions meant it could never proceed in its present form.