Weststyle Design & Development – Inglewood Illustrious
If you’re a regular reader of design-estate, you know how much we appreciate and feature interesting examples of alterations and additions.
This classic Inglewood home is no exception. Gavin Hestelow, General Manager & Architect of Weststyle Design & Development talks to design-estate about this project that blurs the lines between old & new with indoor & outdoor.
What was your client’s initial brief?
The brief from the clients was a modern look complimentary to the existing structure, while retaining as many of the existing mature trees. The result is a transformation that retains the original character of the home while providing a complimentary modern open plan layout surrounded by preserved trees and greenery for privacy and visual appeal. Use of high-quality materials featuring a range of textures and finishes resulted in an aesthetically balanced outcome.
What influenced this design?
The clients valued the classic aesthetic of their original home, and it was imperative that the new extension was complimentary and had a timeless appeal. Creating a private space was also important, and the surrounding greenery and grey tinted glass created this. Materiality and sense of space were the two key factors in meeting this brief.
What’s interesting about this design?
This project is a renovation and extension of a classic home. With any project of this nature, there are always unexpected hurdles as you peel back the layers of an old home. Special consideration was made on how to thoughtfully extend the original home into a more modern aesthetic making the project feel harmonious and connected. Being quite a tight space to work with a piece of 2.5 x 4m glass which worked to frame an original tree had to be craned in and manoeuvred into position with specialised machinery.
The space was designed with classic proportions, high ceilings to reflect the existing and a warm, inviting colour scheme. This home is all about the small details, from the grey glazing used throughout, and the carefully selected colour palette, pushing the boundaries yet working together perfectly creating something fresh and bold.
Name some of the key materials you used?
We have used materials such as recycled handmade bricks, jarrah floor boards, calacatta marble and zincalume roof sheeting to confirm the existing aesthetic. The jarrah flooring continues from the existing entrance to the new extension linking the two spaces.
In your opinion what are the key characteristics that uniquely define an ‘Australian’ designed home?
Key characteristics that this home displays that is uniquely Australian include the classic proportions and high ceilings as well as the notable architectural features such as exposed timber eaves combined with a corrugated iron roofing and exposed downpipes.
Where do you source design inspiration?
This home was inspired by the existing site conditions which had several very mature trees which we intended to retain. The new addition to the home took inspiration from the old part of the home and reinterpreted a more modern language which was sympathetic.