In Australia, the narrowness of townhouses has created a new trend – the extension to backyards and gardens. This type of redevelopment not only maximizes the living space but also brings more light into the home, while ensuring a superb transition to the outdoors. Let’s take a look at these houses, which are magnificent examples of this type of renovation – whatever their size.
1. Suburban space
This extension has provided enough space to house a new dining room and kitchen in this retro Brisbane home.
The roof configuration optimizes airflow and allows natural light to flow into the room. A retractable awning protects the living room from the sun during the hottest hours.
2. A narrow terrace as the new axis of the house
This Victorian-style townhouse was a real challenge for the architects because it is only three meters wide. The redevelopment has incorporated a new kitchen in the heart of the ground floor and create a sleek and bright extension to accommodate the living space so desired.
Double-leafed wooden doors extend the new living area in a compact courtyard. A vertical garden adds a touch of greenery, leaving enough room for a clothesline that folds against the wall.
The simplicity and fluidity of the kitchen and living room lines create an astonishing sense of space – true luxury in such a dense urban area.
3. Bridging the voids
To find out what this house looked like before its extension, just look at the neighboring house. The large glass surfaces enlarge the living space while allowing as much light as possible – a radical transformation!
From the inside, the kitchen has a feeling of spaciousness and high brightness thanks to the two levels of windows.
The living room remains warm while enjoying the clarity of the glass extension.
4. An oasis in the middle of the city
The extension at the back of this cramped house is just one of the improvements that have simplified the lives of its inhabitants.
In the living room and the kitchen, the walls were replaced by glass panels. A skylight allows more natural light to enter the house.
An office open to the garden at the back of the house is a clever development that will give rise to a real added value in case of resale.
5. Smart choices for a home in Sydney
Opening this home to the outside has allowed it to benefit from more light and more functional living space.
A skylight that can also be used to store bicycles – a little more important in the urban area.
6. Sunny terrace in Bondi
This terrace is part of a historic dwelling which has been enlarged and has a second level. Skylights, here too, enter more light in the living room and above the dining area in the center.
You can see the garage/laundry in the extension of the living room on the other side of the grass. This space can be completely open during the evenings. The woodwork of the furniture, window frames and doors warm the white palette used widely to provide a feeling of lightness and space to the room.
7. A new look for an urban terrace
Although this terrace is located in the center of a subdivision, it allows its owners to dine outdoors in complete privacy.
Inside, the sun is reflected on the different touches of color and a kitchen island has even managed to find its place.
8. A radical renovation for a terraced house
This trendy home has not always been so beautiful. The owners had the extra space they wanted thanks to an extension that hosts a living room/dining room/kitchen completely open to the outside.
Christopher Polly Architect
The sliding doors merge completely into the wall and allow to enlarge the living room via a covered terrace overlooking a small green garden.