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Green - Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Design
Issue Number 12
Seamlessly combining a worker's cottage with a contemporary addition is rare. But architect Ed Davis has done just that. In updating an early twentieth-century semi in Sydney's Inner West, he has combined recycled materials that sympathetically marry eras, with a design that uses minimum energy to keep his clients comfortable year-round.
From the street front, you would not know there had been a renovation. The Byron Bay architect explains how he balanced the retention of much of the original house with a new two-storey rear addition: "The front of the house is untouched, so from a council approval point of view, you can't perceive any change to the building from the street."
The central idea for this two-storey addition was inspired by Japanese courtyard houses that are, like this Sydney cottage, tight for space.
Home Beautiful Magazine
A Change of Place
A painstaking restoration has given this relocated Queenslander on the NSW north coast a seamless connection with its surrounds. When architect Ed began looking for a site for a sea change, the north coast of NSW beckoned - in particular, a verdant 4000sqm block on which nestled a traditional timber Queenslander. Leaving an ultra-modern city terrace in his wake, the idea of living in a "slightly worn, timber home with a bit of character" appealed to this former Sydneysider.
Surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty, the land came complete with a creek and views of nearby farmland, all nestled under the protective gaze of Mount Chincogan. All that was missing was a feeling of permanency; like Ed himself, the '30s weatherboard house was not originally from these parts. "Many of the Queenslanders in the area were actually transported from Lismore - some 50 kms inland - due to a shortage of housing here," explains Ed. "They are lovely, but the fact that they have been relocated means there's a lack of...
Coast Living Magazine
Breathing new life into an old weatherboard cottage lead Ed Davis of Davis Architects on a bumpy journey. Each stage of the renovation saw the need for clever design solutions and a lot of hard work. The results speak for themselves in his now modern and spacious new Mullumbimby home that remains loyal to its roots with a definite nod to the past.
Like wrinkles on an elderly face this home has the scars and deep set marks that tell the story of it's past, a 1940's pre-war cottage, it was sawn in half and shipped from it's original home in Lismore to settle at it's current site in Mullumbimby in 1994. The scars of this journey still remain with the saw-line still visible on some walls of the home.
"This style is very typical north coast 'cottage-style', with the little windows and closed verandahs" explains Ed "it was pretty traditional with small rooms so we basically just opened it all up".
Home Beautiful Magazine
The Greenhouse Effect
A slick inner-city terrace with classic old-school stylings looks so good, you'd never guess it's built around an eco-friendly design. A decade ago, the term 'environmentally sustainable living' might have conjured up images of solar-powered homes on stilts nestled in rainforests - how times have changed! With increasing concerns about global warming and reduced rainfall, eco-friendly housing designs have never been more pertinent or so appealing. As this contemporary renovation in Sydney's inner west shows, energy-saving measures have become easier to achieve, less visible and more sophisticated in their design.
Owned by John and Rachel, a young professional couple, this six-metre-wide terrace on an unusually long block was dark, lacked ventilation and the rear of the building faced west, which meant too much afternoon sunlight, says architect Ed Davis of Davis Yee Architects. In love with open-plan living, John and Rachel commissioned Ed to reinvent the space. "The brief was very open, which is unusual...