Design response for a typical in-fill suburban development by a private client to sub-divide an existing site and build two dwellings to respond to market demands.
This is not unique in the Western Suburbs, but the standout design features of this design was to link each room with an individual semi-screened garden/ courtyard and connect the interior to the garden directly outside on a room by room basis. This created more daylight, a greater sense of space and privacy.
During the Development Approval process our client could not reconcile with the required setback lines of the garage proposed off the rear laneway because of the impact on the rear outdoor area and she decided to sell the land and not proceed. Prior to that we explored options to occupy the garage roof and also make the garages more flexible and connected to the backyard with openings to create alternative social uses if the cars were removed i.e. games rooms social space, etc, but the client wasn’t convinced and the project ended.
The plan for these two houses is one of the best we’ve done, so if you’re inspired lets give it a crack and adapt that learnt experience to your development site.