JFK Design won two awards for their Project Carlisle in the BDAV’s 2017 Building Design Awards: Residential Design – Alterations & Additions: up to $200K and Residential Small Lot Design. The project also won Best Alteration/Addition Residential Design up to $350K construction cost in the NABD 2017 Design Awards.
Renovating a period cottage on a small block in St Kilda is challenge enough without the additional requirement for two onsite car parks and a decent-sized yard. But that’s exactly what the brief asked Jackson Fitzroy-Kelly from JFK Design to do.
Jackson’s approach to working within the 140sqm footprint was to create a home with adaptable spaces, and with indoor/outdoor living split almost 50/50. The quaint cottage façade has been retained and framed with smooth rendered concrete and spotted gum feature cladding. Full height glass sliding doors separate indoor living areas and outdoor decking, opening the house to make the most of available space and to bring the outdoors in. Car parking for two cars doubles as a spacious courtyard with bluestone herringbone paving.
The clients’ keen interest in cooking was accommodated with a 4.8m long galley kitchen, which follows the raking wall of the main living zone. A stylish kitchen benchtop of matt black granite complements black kitchen cabinetry with feature timber door pulls. A smoked mirror splashback enhances the sense of space by reflecting garden views. Pendant lights define the living areas. Consistent attention to detail and a high level of finish is just one of the many things that set this home apart.
A white clawfoot bath recycled from the original bathroom features in the master ensuite. In the bedroom, a curved wall softens the angularity of the design, while floor-to-ceiling black cabinetry provides ample storage space.
By the time the renovation was complete, the family had doubled from two to four. “It was a labour of love to find a way to fit the growing family into such a small footprint,” said Jackson. Fortunately, “the project gave me a chance to practice how careful layout can make up for limited space”.
The BDAV Judges described this project as “a remarkable example of a faultlessly-resolved space on a constrained space”.
“Not only does the design of this home fully satisfy the client brief, but the fastidious floor-planning and arrangement of the programme allows clear definition of rooms. Within such a constrained footprint, the design even manages to capture northern gains. The interiors are carefully crafted, with the joinery elements making up parts of walls and dividing spaces. A limited palette reduces visual clutter whilst also dressing up the home, minimising any need to over-decorate. Holistically well considered, planned, resolved and detailed,” said the judges.