The first project for this site in Sydney’s Inner West, in a heritage conservation area in Marrickville, was a substantial renovation to a house that was long past its use-by-date.

The proposal provided the house with two living areas, five bedrooms, a study and extensively planted green roofs to the addition and the garage. Council granted development consent but in the same letter they advised us that a recent flood study had identified the site as flood affected.

After some consideration a second design was prepared for an entirely new house. The amount of accommodation was the same as the first project, with larger bedrooms and a new balcony overlooking Marrickville Park opposite. In this version the clients requested the new house appear to be more traditional to suit the context, with face brickwork, slate roof and timber detailing. Levels of sound insulation required for the walls and windows are not traditional, but are necessary to deal with the aircraft noise.

Construction by the owner/builder commenced in 2013; after long delays they are looking to finish in late 2015.

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