Tara House a Renovation and remodel of existing house with light touch site landscaping. 

The existing house stands dominant on the site surrounded by mature hedgerows and trees. The rear of the house catches the majority of the south sun and has views of natural flora/fauna.

Development sketches

The Brief

The development to provide:

  • Open plan living, kitchen and dining areas.
  • Outdoor living / dining and patio. – Utility. – Workspace / workstation.
  • Master suite to have improved storage and sanitary facilities.
  • Explore options for kids bedrooms.
  • Thermal upgrade – window replacement and insulation.
  • Aesthetic preference for clean lines and contemporary detailing.
  • Enhance site and setting with indigenous planting.
  • Options to open up house.
  • Options to relocate stairs.
  • Option to provide an extension.
  • Maximise solar gains & natural light.
  • Maximise the views and access to the garden.

Site PlanSite Plan

House + Extension

All living and social spaces are located to the ‘private’ side of the house and face predominantly south. The design intent to relocate the stairs and introduce a semi-permeable wall between the hall and the new kitchen space allows light penetrate deep into the house. Rooflights over the entrance flood the hall with light and adds verticality when entering the house. This ‘lightwell’ also adds breathing space to the house.

The extension, as a single storey volume, projects the proposed kitchen into the garden and has enough space to act as a flexible transitional space between inside and outside. A patio / paved area extends notionally the internal footprint and positioned as proposed maximises the south sun and secure use of the garden. The fabric of the extension also provides a BBQ area and covered outdoor space.


The mature trees of high visual amenity should be kept with the trees of lesser amenity to be removed and replaced with indigenous trees, shrubs and hedging. Where possible a pristine lawn is to be avoided in favour of a more ‘natural’ ground covering and allowed to extend right up to the house.



Floor Plan

Floor Plan



External Perspective

External Perspective

Are you planning on Renovating or Extending? 

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