The new front door, an old Indian 6 panel, is set within a glass box that pushes out into the trees. The entrance path was reconfigured to wind through the trees to reveal their experience on approach to the house. The outside bedroom over the garage was upgraded to a flat with new roof windows that open it right into the mystique of the canopy.
The hot water system is solar thermal and the old and the new structures have new high levels of insulation. The living room spaces are warmed with a central double sided fireplace and the old burner was reused in the study. North & West facing glass was specified with a thermal performance and the passive principles of shading and ventilation were applied. Classic wood post & lintel pergolas over the main deck and the upper deck conceal rough latte to cut the north sun.
The client’s eclectic retro style of furnishing set within the new modern open spaces with trees beyond makes for a simultaneously peaceful and dramatic experience.