Eco Workshop is an Architectural Design studio which focusing on residential alterations and new builds to improve the quality of life for their clients. The clients are the top priority for the team and Eco Workshop is committed to going above and beyond to get the best results for their clients. Eco Workshop has the ability to work through a project from the brief through to building consent and then further to assist with builders during construction. Eco Workshop strives to work alongside their clients to give them their dream home, whether this is a removal of a wall to create open living, full interior alterations, re-clad the outside or new build Eco Workshop is here to help the client first and foremost. Eco Workshop client base is residential home owners and developers. Previously completing over 1000 consents we aim to have a professional relationship with the client while providing them the high level of competence.
With a simple breif and a driven idea the lead designer got to work on the double storey extension to the back of an old Villa. Juxtaposition claddings, bold extension lines, close boundaries and tight spaces where some of the design to be considered. The outcome of this project has transformed the home.
Nestled within a well-established garden, we maximised the connection between the spaces with a half-sized sleeping nook projecting out from the dwelling. Keeping the integrity of the state house form we opened the internal spaces on the upper level, providing an open-plan artists studio and gallery. Glazing was increased throughout allowing more natural light and opening the views towards Saddle Hill and welcoming the afternoon sun and allowing the spectacular sunsets to illuminate the vibrant colour palette within. The dwelling was insulated throughout. The dwelling was reclad in Metcom 7 with the existing weatherboards retained to the street elevation as an homage to the original character. These were painted Resene “Pirate’s Gold” and add a burst of colour to the solemn, state house streetscape. A deck was added to the Western elevation to provide outdoor living and a connection to the garden that was previously denied by the austere form and design. The deck stops short of the full height glazing in the lounge to provide a strong visual connection to the landscape below.
This project involved turning a section of the existing deck into an internal laundry that flows into the kitchen. Careful detailing and problem-solving allowed us to use the existing decking structure and cut back the decking boards to construct new external walls to close in the proposed laundry area. The new bathroom was opened up and renovated with new fixtures and finishes giving it great light and an open feeling. The ensuite was cleverly designed to allow for a walk-in robe while also allowing enough space for a large shower.
Transforming an ex-state home by removing two internal walls to create an open plan living space. The new kitchen and living area are now bright and spacious, perfect for entertaining guests or spending time with family.
The brief was to bring new live into an old state house. Update and reconfigure the internal spaces, insulate and double-glaze. Keeping the layout simple and making better use of the site. Our response was to move the living and kitchen to the west for afternoon living and views to Saddle Hill. We worked with the current footprint and added a deck. The owners have lived in the house for 20 years so they had a pretty good feel for how the site works. All other internal spaces were reconfigured and the covered porch was kept as a nod to the dwelling’s past. Happily, the entire foundation system was also retained. The kitchen and dining were opened up with a cathedral ceiling and multiple skylights allowing for plenty of natural light, accessed via lobby from the front entrance they serve as the central focus for daily living with the bedrooms and bathroom situated at the other end of the house.
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