Alterations + additions

House Woodlands

A contemporary addition to an existing 1970’s brick homestead on a large parcel of land within Woodlands, NSW. AO created an addition that complemented the existing dwelling but offered the amenities and spaces to suit a modern lifestyle and a growing family.

The Ace Residences

The Ace Residences, located in Bowral, the heart of the Southern Highlands, blends modern comforts with the area's rural charm. This project combines new ideas with classic forms and typologies to offer a unique living experience not previously seen in the area.

House Kimberly

A fresh take on the design of over 60’s homes that explores a grouping of contemporary dwellings in a garden setting that offer the space and flexibility for modern living and a sense of community. Each dwelling designed to suit age in place without compromise.

Alterations + Additions: Transforming Spaces with Purpose and Precision

Alterations and additions involve modifying existing buildings to enhance functionality, aesthetics, and space utilization. This architectural approach requires a careful balance between preserving the essence of the original structure and introducing new elements to meet contemporary needs. Here are some key considerations for designing alterations and additions:

  1. Respect for the Original: Maintaining the character and integrity of the existing building while seamlessly integrating new additions or changes.
  2. Functional Improvements: Addressing current shortcomings in the layout, accessibility, or usability of the space to better serve its occupants.
  3. Aesthetic Cohesion: Ensuring that new additions complement the existing design, materials, and style, creating a harmonious overall appearance.
  4. Structural Compatibility: Assessing the existing structure's capacity to support new additions and making necessary reinforcements to ensure safety and stability.
  5. Sustainability: Incorporating energy-efficient systems, sustainable materials, and eco-friendly practices into the alterations and additions to enhance the building's environmental performance.

Alterations and additions offer an opportunity to breathe new life into existing structures, transforming them into spaces that are more functional, beautiful, and sustainable. This architectural approach requires a thoughtful and sensitive design process to ensure that the end result is both respectful of the past and aligned with the needs of the future.

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