Northcote, VIC, Australia
The main feature of Bastings Street by Build Her Collective was the stunning two storey voids on top of the living room. This beautiful addition added drama and light to a south facing back yard which would have felt otherwise dark and unwelcoming.
The Bastings Street Project was designed by Ardent Architects and built in collaboration with Beirin Projects and BuildHer Collective. The key to this renovation was to maximise the small site with a south facing rear aspect. The end result was the creation of a large feeling home featuring three bedrooms, two living rooms and two bathrooms.
The void is pivotal to the design, bringing together the upstairs and the downstairs and adding drama as you walk from the traditional Edwardian front of the house and step down into the modern open plan space. BuildHer Collective often use a few steps or a play in levels to help transition from old to new, and from a build-ability and longevity perspective transitioning materials from stumps in the old house to a solid concrete floor allows them to move independently reducing the likelihood of cracking and movement in the structure.
BuildHer Collective believe that its not always size that counts as they have seen many larger spaces fail. These spaces fail as they don’t feel inviting or allow the family to feel at ease and comfortable.
When the studio design family homes having a traditional front really helps but their main focus is on the creation of open plan living. A modern and open space that a family can enjoy and function together as a unit is very important.
BuildHer Collective founder Rebeka Morgan states – “Have you ever been in a room of such large proportions that you don’t quite know where to be? The scale can be off and the furniture just seems to float. A tip to avoid this it to work out how the furniture sits in the room, draw up a couch in scale and have a go placing them in the room. You might be surprised at the way floor pans can look deceptive if you are not used to reading them. Too big and too small can be and issue”.
The main features of the Bastings Street Project are a suspended fireplace and two voids which helped to create a relationship between the ground floor and first. All the materials that were chosen were done so to complement the void and space.
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