Our design philosophy with selection of colours and materials, they should enhance a both the exterior and interior appearance of the space. We the design should take precedent and where possible to use the natural colour of materials which can add character and charm . As with many of our projects, we like to leave some architectural element exposed throughout the house, we find there are certain colours and tones that complement the use of these materials.
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
We find all well designed spaces should provide good light and a connection to it surroundings. Therefore the simple use of white walls can be sufficient to allow the play of light and be a backdrop to the landscape beyond. We then often suggest adding colour via the fixtures, fittings and artwork rather than adding feature coloured walls. We often forget with an open plan style configuration, there are many elements within a space which all contribute to the overall juxtaposition of colours.
We find keeping a simple use of materials allows the most flexibility in overall colour selections for their furniture and fittings throughout the home.
KEEPING IT REAL
In designing a home, we have a preference to keep materials in their natural state if possible. The use of galvanised steel, raw fibre cement sheet, timber and sandstone are materials which age over time to add a certain charm.
CONTRAST AND COMPLEMENTARY TONES
When we use colour we like to measure the light in space to determine if we can add contrast in colours such as using both light and the contrast of dark colours. For instance, we have found using a black ceilings as a great way to offset against the grey tone of polished concrete to give a richness to the space. Lately we have been are using reflective metallic materials such as brass to highlight our joinery pieces and add a touch of class.
Henley House by studioJLA ( Architect )
Our Epping house in project is well underway. With the demolition complete, concrete slab laid and the timber framing to the rear extension is close to completion. We are at the point in the building process where you get an appreciation of the overall form and flow between spaces and discus the resolution of the various architectural elements to ensure the outcome achieves its purpose and overall vision.
With the cost of housing in Sydney reaching new levels, we are finding some of our clients considering alternative forms of housing to allow them to enjoy a new home yet offset the cost of construction. We find housing alternatives such as dual occupancy living to be very effective in allowing clients can achieve great spaces for living. Our project in Drummoyne is an attached dual occupancy development with each dwelling of different sizes to provide spatial qualities to suit the owner yet adequate space to its new occupants. Both dwellings are designed with an open plan configuration with with voids to allow light to carry to the lower levels. The development instils our approach of creating a contemporary yet comfortable spaces and a seamless connection to the outdoors. The development is characterised by concave curved front entry area which is recessed from the street facade to reduce the overall bulk of the development.
Drummoyne Dual Occupancy – Work in Progress by studioJLA ( Architect )
Our proposed alterations and additions in Roseville has commenced construction and demolition is underway. The proposal is for a rear contemporary designed extension to a existing Californian style bungalow. The configuration of the dwelling respects the existing roof line while providing providing a large void to filter light from the north.