Interior Architecture—Chatswood, Sydney

Butterfly Roof House

The interesting thing about this project is that you would be forgiven for thinking it is not a new build, it is. The front façade of this home was carefully designed to align with the traditional heritage homes of the area. The charming front then adjusts a gear and transitions into a contemporary open-plan rear with butterfly roof separated by a corrugated iron passage to connect both contrasting components.

As the dream home for this family of three, this project was significant and special to say the least. It stretched over 3 years and went through rigorous design edits and council amendments to align with the budget and the clients considered requests. The end result is proof that no detail is too intricate and no material too trivial to document precisely.

It was essential for the proud Chinese raised and Australian residing clients that the finishes both internally and externally were synonymous with a “classic Australian palette” for the heritage and also contemporary wing. After the perfect shade of red/brown brick was selected, we specified a classic running bond for the heritage wing and stack bond for the contemporary to create a clear distinction. The windows and doors are all timber, painted in a dark monument shade for both wings, however the hardware including bolts, locks and pull details changed. Australian timbers were used for the floor and joinery veneers.

The remaining palette combined contrasting blacks and whites in stack bond tiles in differing sizes for the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and ensuite. A pop of forest green is seen in the kitchen, ensuite and laundry to reflect the Australian heritage palette. It felt necessary for both the bespoke joinery and the lighting especially to become secondary to the architectural elements, such as the inverted ceiling, clerestory dark framed windows and encompassing balconies, which helped extend the view from inside out and create continual natural light and shadow play.

Services: Full service interior architecture and design, floor plan, joinery package, kitchen, bathroom, study, wardrobes, tv unit, ensuite design, materials and finishes, paint selection, lighting and electrical layout, lighting and fan selection, fittings and fixtures, construction package.

Furniture: Clients own

Architect: Danny Broe Architect

Builder: BIC Construction

Photographer: Mackintosh Photography