The existing terrace was restored gently and respectfully, and extended towards the rear to create a two-level, three-bedroom home, offering a sense of spaciousness that defies its limited footprint. The restoration works happened in tandem with the new build, and some materials, such as floorboards and bricks, were repurposed into the home.
In the centre of the house, a curved timber staircase unfurls beneath a skylight, flooding the rooms with natural light. Constructing the finely-honed balustrade that wraps around the stairs required patience and ingenuity, largely due to the onsite space restrictions. Made from a single sheet of 6mm plate steel, it was bent up in a single piece off-site, then cut into sections, transported to the house and welded back together. ‘It was quite a mission,’ Sam laughs. Following installation, it was hand-painted in a tactile white two-pack.
As with the exterior, there is a clear delineation between old and new throughout the interiors, however they have been put together with a certain timelessness. At the end of the hallway, the original timber flooring gives way to polished salt-and-pepper concrete in the expansive seven-metre wide living area, which opens via two glazed pivot doors onto the rear courtyard. The volume and simplicity of the space – every joint and angle meticulously finished by the Grosser team – delivers a gallery-like ambience, making it the perfect backdrop for the clients’ art collection.
At the conclusion of the 12-month build, Sam says the clients were ‘well and truly ecstatic’ with their new home – which has also generated plenty of industry interest and picked up several architectural awards.
‘We’re passionate about what we do and it’s great to see the end product and everyone happy,’ he adds. ‘It was a fun project to build, with a fantastic client and brilliant architect.’