A ‘Folding’ Edwardian Home, Designed To Maximise Natural Light

Timmins + Whyte Architecture + Style were engaged to remodel this Edwardian house in Abbotsford, Victoria, subsequent many prior renovations. The authentic plan was to keep at the very least the entrance space of the current home, but on nearer inspection, this needed re-stumping and new flooring – together with new plastering, new wiring, and new insulation! Even the home’s interval facade had previously been altered, leaving nothing of heritage price. ‘So, rather than repair service it all, it was rebuilt in the actual similar proportions and proportions,’ states Sally Timmins, co-director of Timmins + Whyte. 

The rebuild and two-storey extension targeted on addressing the home’s shortcomings, these as an present rest room that stood involving the kitchen area and the north-going through lawn, and a laundry only obtainable from the outside. ‘Like lots of internal-city single fronted blocks, the large amount dimensions was extended and skinny and, in this situation, it had a brief, north-struggling with conclusion. The problem for us was to manipulate the structure and setbacks in a way that maximised the normal gentle into all zones,’ states Sally. 

Timmins + Whyte overcame these troubles with a new roof showcasing 10 personal folds, which attracts gentle appropriate into the centre of the dwelling. The roof’s variety minimises bulk to the japanese neighbour, in advance of mounting up to its large two-storey western neighbour.

‘Throughout, the house produces its individual feeling of enlargement and compression – from intimate eating to the towering ceiling suspended more than a wall of handpicked art’ Sally points out. ‘The layout additional opens the kitchen area at the rear to a now non-public backyard garden, where neighbours’ residences are unseen, nonetheless their experienced trees together with a palm and Jacaranda become section of our client’s seasonal experience of their have yard.’ 

Internally, the architects relocated the rest room and laundry to the center of the ground floor, though including two new bedrooms upstairs. The clientele also invested in photo voltaic panels and water tanks, as perfectly as upgrading wall and roof insulation. 

The completed house, nicknamed 10 Fold Dwelling, is best appreciated from the living space banquette seat, wherever the now flourishing seasonal and edible backyard garden sits at window top, and daylight streams in.