To accommodate a complex brief for a family consisting of 3 generations along with requirements to have a separate working office in the home, it was decided the house would be divided into 5 zones, 3 of which would be bedrooms (with associated storages, robes and bathrooms), a studio and adjacent meeting place (that could double as a second living space and formal dining room in the future) and finally a communal family/get together zone that would house the kitchen, dining room and a small living area opening on to a new north facing deck and garden.
Rather than ignore the character and charm of the existing house, the main street facade and overall building envelope have been retained. The new interior also aims to be sympathetic to the era of its construction, with the employment of materials such as marble that match existing components in the house or by the introduction of chandelier lights that are contemporary readings of old styles. At the same time in an attempt to enlarge what is a relatively modest sized house and to increase the flow of space between the different private and public zones a process of stripping out has been undertaken. Arches were removed, windowsills were dropped to floor level, and all existing window joinery was removed.
Large cavity sliding doors and pivot doors are liberally used to divide space and close off storage spaces that while used every day are not to be seen by those visiting the house for business purposes.