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Tiny Houses/Studios/Apartments, Houses - Renovation
Victorian charm meets Japanese serenity. This isn't just a renovation of a small Victorian weatherboard cottage; it's a testament to the transformative power of architectural innovation. ABA took on the challenge of a tiny poorly oriented site, limited access, and a modest budget to create a masterpiece. Our client's appreciation for the art of living in compact spaces, influenced by their time living in Japan, inspired a design that marries functionality with aesthetic prowess. Gone are the days of subpar construction, of multiple lean-to’s with ever diminishing ceiling heights. In its place there is now a new kitchen, dining, bathroom (with a separate toilet), and laundry facilities that redefine luxury. The renovation seamlessly blends improved storage, abundant light, breathtaking views, weather resilience, and top-notch soundproofing. But that's not all – a unique Japanese soaker bath awaits, complemented by carefully crafted spots for your feline friends to bask in the sun and discreet handling of pet doors and cat curfew requirements. A small internal courtyard adds a touch of north solar magic and garden views to both sides of the new kitchen-dining room at the back of the house. Whilst retaining the same building footprint this creates the feeling of a much larger house. Venture upwards, and you'll discover an innovative attic room nestled into the existing roofspace and designed for guest accommodation, complete with a panoramic city views and easy access via a sleek ladder. Dive into the sustainability features that make this renovation an eco-conscious dream. An internal courtyard invites the sun into living spaces, while an insulated concrete slab to the extension ensures optimal thermal mass. All new services are electric and are powered by a 4.1 kW photovoltaic solar system. Metal sunshades, timber shutters, and double-glazed windows with thermally broken frames contribute to energy efficiency. Environmental consciousness guided every choice from LED light fittings to high efficiency Methven tapware. Japanese porcelain tiles and low VOC materials and finishes ensure durability, longevity and good indoor air quality. A greywater diversion system and 1000L water tank ensures responsible water usage in the small garden.
Energy rating

Improved from 1.1 to 3.8 Stars

Project Team

Ande Bunbury, Maria Plancarte Fexas


Franz Developments


Ande Bunbury

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