Houses — Lilyfield House

Lilyfield House

Altered Environments Pty Ltd
Brett Boardman / Steve Back

This 1920s bungalow was in desperate need of a reworking.

The original condition of the house consisted of 2 bedrooms and an external bathroom. The brief was to create a spacious yet sensitive addition to the bungalow on a very modest budget – a space that would retain the inherent character of the old house without compromising light and aspect. The response involved inserting an elongated addition at ground level consisting of living spaces which open onto garden spaces to the north and east. A steel clad upper floor addition was grafted onto the old tiled roof – consisting of the main sleeping space, study and bathroom.

The old house’s interiors were carefully reverted back to their original condition with a reconfigured bathroom and kitchen space. Environmental considerations include the maximising and controlling of sunlight, good cross breezes throughout, recycled materials, water tanks fitted for rainwater reuse, solar panels for electricity reuse, native garden species and designated vegetable garden areas.