This is a small house on a small suburban site on the ‘wrong side of the road’. It was all about doing the best I could for my family to meet our budget. The house design needed to balance sun with privacy, and to maximise the use of space. Amenity is squeezed out of every corner – no space is wasted. It’s tight, but where it counts, it feels generous.
This house is a modern interpretation of the bungalows that surround us in Westmere. The California Bungalow is an old fashioned house type; a discreet, formal, but asymmetric structure. The porch faces the street, and there is an interior world, hidden behind it. There is a difference between the inside and the outside. The exterior is the face to the street, but the interior is more about us. I like the disparity between the outside face and the inside one. The outside tries to fit in. The inside is more complex, darker, more dramatic. It was fun to explore these ideas with our own home.
I have spent years working alongside clients, but I have a deeper understanding of the process from the other side of the table now!