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Barry St Renovation

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​Project Name: Barry St Renovation

Project Value: $600,000

This renovation of a traditional Victorian Terrace house in a superb location, just off High Street, Northcote was the epitome of breathing life back into a cold, leaky and rundown home. The original home was dark and claustrophobic with many small add-ons combining to make a great mess of rooms without any purpose or function.

With interior design from the all inspiring Heartly Design Studio the home opened up into a beautiful, spacious and light-filled home.

The construction process got off to a rocky start (pun intended) with an excessive amount of rock found in the ground. We remove boulder after boulder. As is typical with a Victorian Terrace the home was built boundary to boundary on a very narrow site. We had to be very careful on the removal of some boulders to ensure the neighbouring foundations weren’t bearing on them. All in all it was a laborious but efficient process of rock removal.

The works added a second story with two bedrooms and an ensuite while totally reconfiguring and opening up the ground floor living space below. Adding a second story exposed the home to the harsh western sun. A solution for this was to increase the insulation to the first floor externals walls.

The dirt. and the rock at the beginning of a project is always forgotten about when the home is completed and clients get to move into a home as beautiful, high performing and comfortable as this one.

Project Features

Materials & ESD (Ecological Sustainable Development) Features

    • No increase to footprint by adding a second story
    • Preservation of the heritage of the existing home
    • Timber cladding (cypress pine) throughout
    • Recycled Baltic pine flooring to match existing
    • Hebel partition walls - High acoustic and high insulating values
    • 120mm external walls for extra insulation

Passive Design Features

    • Large porch roof to shade north facing ground floor window and door.
    • Maximised north and east facing windows

Heating and Cooling

    • Hydronic in-slab heating and panel heating to existing house
    • Split system to First floor bedroom

Windows & Glazing

    • Double Glazed Windows - Rylock Windows

Renewable Energy

    • Solar ready (Solar has since been installed by the clients)

Water Saving

    • WELS 4 star rated Tapware throughout

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