An Art Deco Queenslander becomes a Contemporary Family Home

Renovating an Art Deco Queenslander into a contemporary family home can be challenging.

It can be difficult to preserve the character and original details, whilst ensuring the finished home suits modern family life.

Read on to see how we achieved this in this renovation project.

This project was my husband’s and my own renovation. It was the third we did together, and by far the biggest!

We purchased it as a project (ie we intended to renovate and sell once complete). It look longer than expected, because around the time of purchasing it, we also had our third child, and I started an architectural practice with 5 business partners!!

This home was around 100m2 at its original size.  A small 3 bedroom home, it had walk-through rooms as verandah space on the original home had been built in to contain a bathroom and study / nursery. A new kitchen had been put in by the previous owners prior to renting it out, and there was a small laundry tacked onto the back, which sat adjacent to a deck. The deck was accessed by a single back door, and had no relationship to the interior.

We renovated it over a three year period into a large and beautiful family home intended for sale on completion.

Built in the 1930s, the home had significant original features both internally and externally that we sought to protect and enhance. It was quite an unusual Queenslander for the area, being Art Deco in style. We wanted to preserve this character, and the local town plan also required that the street elevation be protected, and any other pre-1946 features of the home.

Room sizes weren’t conducive to modern lifestyle requirements, and did not optimise the orientation of the site (which was north to the side). And despite the block actually being a large one for its area, it was a weird pizza-slice shape, and the home was doing very little to create an indoor / outdoor connection with the garden around it.

During purchase, and our settlement date, I worked on several design options. However, when we went for our pre-settlement inspection, we discovered the neighbour had come onto the property (taking advantage of the fact no one was occupying the home), and chopped down a line of significant trees along the fenceline. They sat on our property, and their foliage had screened the neighbour’s upper floor deck (their main entertaining area) from looking down into our yard. The neighbour had done it to open their views and northern light up, and illegal as it had been, you can’t really do much about trees that are no longer there. We did reach a financial agreement with them, but it meant that I had to completely rethink the design in order to create privacy from their overlooking.

The design ideas

So, the design we ended up deciding on raised the existing home by around 1100mm, and shifted it sideways on the block by 1500mm (to the east and away from this neighbour). This then created sufficient room on the western side to add a double-car garage.

We located secondary bedrooms and a family room (or kids’ living space) on the lower floor, with their own bathroom and internal entry from the garage. This living space had french doors that opened onto the side garden. We securitised the front garden with high fencing so it connected to the rear garden as well. This meant that kids could be in the lower living area, run around the garden, come up into the rear garden and main living area, and be safe and contained in the one space.

In renovating the existing home, I was very keen to keep as many of the original features as I could. This included traditional ceilings, and timber detailing on the walls. So, the design in the existing home worked to keep the walls where they were, and we located the master bedroom with an ensuite, and his and hers’ separate walk-in-robes, in this part of the house. We also located a second bedroom, sitting room and study in the original home as well.

The old deck was removed, and the old laundry became a connection zone between the existing home and its new extension. We located a stair in the old kitchen to connect lower and upper floors. A study nook was created in the connection zone, and a full bathroom added on here, which could be accessed as a guest powder room, and also for showers from the pool area.

The biggest change to this home was the pavilion extension we added to the rear. I positioned this along the southern boundary of the home. It was designed as a separate element that ‘bolted-on’ to the connection zone. Due to this design, we could position the pavilion to do a few things:

  1. the main living areas were able to be oriented to the north
  2. it enabled the home to connect with the rear garden
  3. it privatised our garden area from the overlooking neighbour
  4. it stretched out budget as we could then build the pavilion as a new structure and more cost-effectively (renovating can be labour-intensive and slow – a pavilion extension can be much faster and simpler to build, capitalising on new-build efficiencies).
  5. it meant our living / kitchen / dining space could be sized as generous, open plan spaces, and not constrained by existing house structure
  6. we were free to choose suitable materials because it was an independent structure to the home

This extension successfully expanded the home to suit modern lifestyles and enable full surveillance and connection of indoor and outdoor living areas, as well as the pool.

The result was a home to suit any family, at any age, throughout their ages and time in the home. It also gave this gorgeous old Art Deco Queenslander the opportunity to live on!

Some special design features we included that you may find interesting:

The intercom / security door

We wanted to create an intercom gate, so the front door could be left open to bring breezes through the home, yet the home stay secure and private. We also knew that the front door is a bit of a walk from the lower floor, and the rear living areas.

A local aluminium panel fabricator had a range of standard panel designs that included this ‘leaf’ patter. The home itself was located on the grounds of the original orchard of the first home in the suburb – so I loved this motif of leaves / trees / orchards as a decorative element. We had the frame of the door custom made from square aluminium tube, and the panel sized to suit, to fix over the top.

We then fixed a handle and lock, and also included a camera intercom connected to a unit in the kitchen. It didn’t electronically open the door, but it meant you could determine from the kitchen if you needed to walk to the front door!

We also used this aluminium panel design as a privacy screen on the lower floor bedroom, where you start walking up the stairs.

The lettering for the ‘sixty-one’ street number fixed to the house, and the letterbox numbering as well (structurally supporting the timber letterbox) were all custom made to my design, and powdercoated to match the screen panels.

The colour scheme

We wanted to keep the colour scheme fairly monochromatic so as to appeal to future buyers, and give the home a contemporary look. However we were keen to use colour to accentuate the original features of the home. This included the stucco art deco form on the central part of the house, and its feature border, which we highlighted in a darker paint colour. Colours used here are all Dulux:

  • The dark grey is “Bushland Grey”
  • The white is on the window frames is “Whisper White”
  • The lighter colour on the stucco and new extension is “Grey Pebble”
  • The dark / black on fencing and trim is “Namadji” (this is a brilliant warm black)
  • Natural timber battening is Spotted Gum with a natural oil finish

Rainwater chains

The new little roof to the entry needed to be unobtrusive and elegant, and so a downpipe wasn’t going to be a great feature right by the entryway. Instead, I sourced a rainwater chain for that small area of roof, to run down to a stormwater drain mounted in the grass garden below. The same detail was used on the roof to the outdoor room at the rear. That roof was actually made from Solarspan Bondor, which is super-fast to install, thin in profile, and provides insulation and weather protection all in one material.

There were lots more, as a lot of thought, detail and attention went into this home to make it extra special! Have a look through the photos and floor plan below. All images and design are copyrighted to Amelia Lee, Undercover Architect

Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
The “BEFORE” photo of the home!
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
This is the home transformed, with new extensions to the side and rear, and a lower floor built in underneath.
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
The ‘before’ rear of the home, showing the old deck and laundry.
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The new rear of the home, with the connection zone and new pavilion extension.
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The new pavilion extension with its north-facing outdoor room
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Inside the pavilion, the living room has great visibility of the pool.
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The interior view of the pavilion from the living area. A butler’s pantry and laundry were located at the western end.
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Interior view of kitchen / dining and living pavilion extension.
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The master bedroom in the original part of the home, with its original ceiling and timber features.
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
Building in underneath the existing home to create a lower floor. We cladded both storeys in weatherboard to tie together old and new.
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
Inside the lower floor, this is the kids’ living space, with access to outside.
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
The connection zone between the original home and extension (in the area of the original laundry). This space also provided external access to a bathroom.
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
A view of the home from the driveway. We used exposed aggregate for driveway and paths.
Undercover-Architect-Queenslander-Ashgrove-Floor-Plan
These floor plans show the ‘after’ version of the home. The blue highlight and text indicates the original part of the home, and shows how rooms were repurposed or renovated.

Want to see more Queenslander Renovations? Check out these other blog posts:

Before and After: Bringing a Dilapidated Workers Cottage into its new future

The corner store no more | Renovating a corner Queenslander home

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An Art Deco Queenslander becomes a Contemporary Family Home

Renovating an Art Deco Queenslander into a contemporary family home can be challenging.

It can be difficult to preserve the character and original details, whilst ensuring the finished home suits modern family life.

Read on to see how we achieved this in this renovation project.

This project was my husband’s and my own renovation. It was the third we did together, and by far the biggest!

We purchased it as a project (ie we intended to renovate and sell once complete). It look longer than expected, because around the time of purchasing it, we also had our third child, and I started an architectural practice with 5 business partners!!

This home was around 100m2 at its original size.  A small 3 bedroom home, it had walk-through rooms as verandah space on the original home had been built in to contain a bathroom and study / nursery. A new kitchen had been put in by the previous owners prior to renting it out, and there was a small laundry tacked onto the back, which sat adjacent to a deck. The deck was accessed by a single back door, and had no relationship to the interior.

We renovated it over a three year period into a large and beautiful family home intended for sale on completion.

Built in the 1930s, the home had significant original features both internally and externally that we sought to protect and enhance. It was quite an unusual Queenslander for the area, being Art Deco in style. We wanted to preserve this character, and the local town plan also required that the street elevation be protected, and any other pre-1946 features of the home.

Room sizes weren’t conducive to modern lifestyle requirements, and did not optimise the orientation of the site (which was north to the side). And despite the block actually being a large one for its area, it was a weird pizza-slice shape, and the home was doing very little to create an indoor / outdoor connection with the garden around it.

During purchase, and our settlement date, I worked on several design options. However, when we went for our pre-settlement inspection, we discovered the neighbour had come onto the property (taking advantage of the fact no one was occupying the home), and chopped down a line of significant trees along the fenceline. They sat on our property, and their foliage had screened the neighbour’s upper floor deck (their main entertaining area) from looking down into our yard. The neighbour had done it to open their views and northern light up, and illegal as it had been, you can’t really do much about trees that are no longer there. We did reach a financial agreement with them, but it meant that I had to completely rethink the design in order to create privacy from their overlooking.

The design ideas

So, the design we ended up deciding on raised the existing home by around 1100mm, and shifted it sideways on the block by 1500mm (to the east and away from this neighbour). This then created sufficient room on the western side to add a double-car garage.

We located secondary bedrooms and a family room (or kids’ living space) on the lower floor, with their own bathroom and internal entry from the garage. This living space had french doors that opened onto the side garden. We securitised the front garden with high fencing so it connected to the rear garden as well. This meant that kids could be in the lower living area, run around the garden, come up into the rear garden and main living area, and be safe and contained in the one space.

In renovating the existing home, I was very keen to keep as many of the original features as I could. This included traditional ceilings, and timber detailing on the walls. So, the design in the existing home worked to keep the walls where they were, and we located the master bedroom with an ensuite, and his and hers’ separate walk-in-robes, in this part of the house. We also located a second bedroom, sitting room and study in the original home as well.

The old deck was removed, and the old laundry became a connection zone between the existing home and its new extension. We located a stair in the old kitchen to connect lower and upper floors. A study nook was created in the connection zone, and a full bathroom added on here, which could be accessed as a guest powder room, and also for showers from the pool area.

The biggest change to this home was the pavilion extension we added to the rear. I positioned this along the southern boundary of the home. It was designed as a separate element that ‘bolted-on’ to the connection zone. Due to this design, we could position the pavilion to do a few things:

  1. the main living areas were able to be oriented to the north
  2. it enabled the home to connect with the rear garden
  3. it privatised our garden area from the overlooking neighbour
  4. it stretched out budget as we could then build the pavilion as a new structure and more cost-effectively (renovating can be labour-intensive and slow – a pavilion extension can be much faster and simpler to build, capitalising on new-build efficiencies).
  5. it meant our living / kitchen / dining space could be sized as generous, open plan spaces, and not constrained by existing house structure
  6. we were free to choose suitable materials because it was an independent structure to the home

This extension successfully expanded the home to suit modern lifestyles and enable full surveillance and connection of indoor and outdoor living areas, as well as the pool.

The result was a home to suit any family, at any age, throughout their ages and time in the home. It also gave this gorgeous old Art Deco Queenslander the opportunity to live on!

Some special design features we included that you may find interesting:

The intercom / security door

We wanted to create an intercom gate, so the front door could be left open to bring breezes through the home, yet the home stay secure and private. We also knew that the front door is a bit of a walk from the lower floor, and the rear living areas.

A local aluminium panel fabricator had a range of standard panel designs that included this ‘leaf’ patter. The home itself was located on the grounds of the original orchard of the first home in the suburb – so I loved this motif of leaves / trees / orchards as a decorative element. We had the frame of the door custom made from square aluminium tube, and the panel sized to suit, to fix over the top.

We then fixed a handle and lock, and also included a camera intercom connected to a unit in the kitchen. It didn’t electronically open the door, but it meant you could determine from the kitchen if you needed to walk to the front door!

We also used this aluminium panel design as a privacy screen on the lower floor bedroom, where you start walking up the stairs.

The lettering for the ‘sixty-one’ street number fixed to the house, and the letterbox numbering as well (structurally supporting the timber letterbox) were all custom made to my design, and powdercoated to match the screen panels.

The colour scheme

We wanted to keep the colour scheme fairly monochromatic so as to appeal to future buyers, and give the home a contemporary look. However we were keen to use colour to accentuate the original features of the home. This included the stucco art deco form on the central part of the house, and its feature border, which we highlighted in a darker paint colour. Colours used here are all Dulux:

  • The dark grey is “Bushland Grey”
  • The white is on the window frames is “Whisper White”
  • The lighter colour on the stucco and new extension is “Grey Pebble”
  • The dark / black on fencing and trim is “Namadji” (this is a brilliant warm black)
  • Natural timber battening is Spotted Gum with a natural oil finish

Rainwater chains

The new little roof to the entry needed to be unobtrusive and elegant, and so a downpipe wasn’t going to be a great feature right by the entryway. Instead, I sourced a rainwater chain for that small area of roof, to run down to a stormwater drain mounted in the grass garden below. The same detail was used on the roof to the outdoor room at the rear. That roof was actually made from Solarspan Bondor, which is super-fast to install, thin in profile, and provides insulation and weather protection all in one material.

There were lots more, as a lot of thought, detail and attention went into this home to make it extra special! Have a look through the photos and floor plan below. All images and design are copyrighted to Amelia Lee, Undercover Architect

Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
The “BEFORE” photo of the home!
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
This is the home transformed, with new extensions to the side and rear, and a lower floor built in underneath.
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
The ‘before’ rear of the home, showing the old deck and laundry.
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
The new rear of the home, with the connection zone and new pavilion extension.
Undercover-Architect-Ashgrove-Queenslander-Renovation-Art-Deco
The new pavilion extension with its north-facing outdoor room
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
Inside the pavilion, the living room has great visibility of the pool.
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
The interior view of the pavilion from the living area. A butler’s pantry and laundry were located at the western end.
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
Interior view of kitchen / dining and living pavilion extension.
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
The master bedroom in the original part of the home, with its original ceiling and timber features.
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
Building in underneath the existing home to create a lower floor. We cladded both storeys in weatherboard to tie together old and new.
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
Inside the lower floor, this is the kids’ living space, with access to outside.
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
The connection zone between the original home and extension (in the area of the original laundry). This space also provided external access to a bathroom.
Undercover-Architect-Art-Deco-Queenslander-Renovation
A view of the home from the driveway. We used exposed aggregate for driveway and paths.
Undercover-Architect-Queenslander-Ashgrove-Floor-Plan
These floor plans show the ‘after’ version of the home. The blue highlight and text indicates the original part of the home, and shows how rooms were repurposed or renovated.

Want to see more Queenslander Renovations? Check out these other blog posts:

Before and After: Bringing a Dilapidated Workers Cottage into its new future

The corner store no more | Renovating a corner Queenslander home

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Work begins to prepare site for a new home | New Zealand Home Project Diary Update #4

Whilst waiting for approvals, work on site begins. And lots can be done!

Read on to see photos and footage – it’s really exciting. Here’s the latest update in the New Zealand New Home Project Diary.

In our last instalment, I shared the final design concept drawings that I prepared for the Andersons. This package enabled them to commission a local draftsperson to work with them to create an approval package and construction documentation.

In the meantime, there is often work you can commence on site without building approval. It’s always worthwhile checking if this applies in your area, for your site – as it can give you a fantastic head start on your project. Building approvals can sometimes take a few months, and that can be a long time to delay a project. Check what’s possible for your project, and whether there’s any work you can commence before you receive building approval – whilst managing your risk as well! (You always have to consider what will happen if you don’t get your building approval when you anticipate it! This is important risk management in any project.)

First, let’s begin with site preparation and excavation

Whilst the Andersons kicked off documentation, and also started getting prices and quotes from various suppliers, this work commenced on site.

UndercoverArchitect-New-Zealand-New-HomeExcavation of house area has begun

Sandcastle making meets icing cakes…


More sand…

Our site and this digger are intimate friends

The compacted sand needs to get to the top of those fluro pegs

Compacting ground at excavated extents

Compacted by 4.5tonne roller

Another 200mm deeper for the 2m circumference of house where load bearing walls are located

Marking out house plus 900mm in all directions

Building Approval plans and documents all lodged with Council. Fingers crossed for approval in 3 weeks.

“Work has started onsite. So exciting to see some physical changes after being buried in plans and getting quotes from suppliers. Due to soil conditions in this area the geotech report required excavation so that we can achieve a compacted sand base of a minimum 600mm under the foundations. We have also tidied up around the eastern and northern boundaries, trimming back hedging on adjoining properties that had overgrown significantly. It feels like we have another 5m of land on these boundaries now.”

Once the site is prepared and the correct pad level is set, the sand base can begin

It will vary based on your site, your soil conditions and your local building rules as to how a site is prepared. On this site, a sand base is created to act as the platform for the home’s concrete slab floor and foundations. This will not always occur, so check you local area as to how sites are prepared before slabs are poured. And you may be having an elevated floor structure, which will vary again!

The sand base here provides a stable, level base for the home’s concrete slab. And remember, that sand base is sitting on an excavated site, where varying trenches were dug for different areas of the home – where walls were loadbearing vs where they were not, for example.

More progress on the sand base. Now that it’s been excavated its time to refill it with sand being continuously compacted with a roller. It’s a slow, methodical and somewhat tedious task. Amazing to see the colour difference from last weeks excavation as it went through the top soil, to this bright white sand.

The sand pad is all complete now, site is pretty much cleared and getting leveled. The roller worked overtime creating a really solid base. We have been really lucky with the soil conditions here, free draining and next to not clay to have to manage. Just wonderful top soil and sand.

The drone footage is a fantastic way to see the size and layout of the home isn’t it?

In the next instalment, the Andersons will progress to having site services installed, and also get a head start on their landscaping. The beautiful thing about gardens are that they grow, and everything costs less when you buy it small. So the Andersons are employing a great strategy to save money, and make the most of their construction time.

Until next time …

Are you starting construction on your new home or renovation soon? Don’t sign your contract without this …

Would you like to know how to manage each stage of your home’s construction before you build?

Whether you’re building a new home, or renovating an existing one, the construction stage can be exciting as you see your dreams become reality on site. It can also be nerve-wracking and overwhelming too, and many homeowners fear falling prey to a dodgy builder, getting charged for things they shouldn’t, and seeing their budget (and dreams) blowout during their build.

Manage Your Build is my online program that will give you key knowledge, tools, cheatsheets and industry insider checklists and tips, plus strategies to save your sanity and budget as well.

This online program can support you, help you avoid expensive mistakes and drama, and put you in the driver’s seat, feeling confident during the construction of your new home or renovation.

Head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/manageyourbuild to see more about what’s inside the program, and how it can save you stress and money as you navigate the construction of your reno or new home.

From finding your builder, signing your contract and then overseeing the construction of your new home or renovation, this program will equip you each step of the way. It’s a self-paced course, with no expiry, so you can get prepared now, and follow along during your construction. Join Manage Your Build now, and access peace of mind for your project.

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Work begins to prepare site for a new home | New Zealand Home Project Diary Update #4

Whilst waiting for approvals, work on site begins. And lots can be done!

Read on to see photos and footage – it’s really exciting. Here’s the latest update in the New Zealand New Home Project Diary.

In our last instalment, I shared the final design concept drawings that I prepared for the Andersons. This package enabled them to commission a local draftsperson to work with them to create an approval package and construction documentation.

In the meantime, there is often work you can commence on site without building approval. It’s always worthwhile checking if this applies in your area, for your site – as it can give you a fantastic head start on your project. Building approvals can sometimes take a few months, and that can be a long time to delay a project. Check what’s possible for your project, and whether there’s any work you can commence before you receive building approval – whilst managing your risk as well! (You always have to consider what will happen if you don’t get your building approval when you anticipate it! This is important risk management in any project.)

First, let’s begin with site preparation and excavation

Whilst the Andersons kicked off documentation, and also started getting prices and quotes from various suppliers, this work commenced on site.

UndercoverArchitect-New-Zealand-New-HomeExcavation of house area has begun

Sandcastle making meets icing cakes…


More sand…

Our site and this digger are intimate friends

The compacted sand needs to get to the top of those fluro pegs

Compacting ground at excavated extents

Compacted by 4.5tonne roller

Another 200mm deeper for the 2m circumference of house where load bearing walls are located

Marking out house plus 900mm in all directions

Building Approval plans and documents all lodged with Council. Fingers crossed for approval in 3 weeks.

“Work has started onsite. So exciting to see some physical changes after being buried in plans and getting quotes from suppliers. Due to soil conditions in this area the geotech report required excavation so that we can achieve a compacted sand base of a minimum 600mm under the foundations. We have also tidied up around the eastern and northern boundaries, trimming back hedging on adjoining properties that had overgrown significantly. It feels like we have another 5m of land on these boundaries now.”

Once the site is prepared and the correct pad level is set, the sand base can begin

It will vary based on your site, your soil conditions and your local building rules as to how a site is prepared. On this site, a sand base is created to act as the platform for the home’s concrete slab floor and foundations. This will not always occur, so check you local area as to how sites are prepared before slabs are poured. And you may be having an elevated floor structure, which will vary again!

The sand base here provides a stable, level base for the home’s concrete slab. And remember, that sand base is sitting on an excavated site, where varying trenches were dug for different areas of the home – where walls were loadbearing vs where they were not, for example.

More progress on the sand base. Now that it’s been excavated its time to refill it with sand being continuously compacted with a roller. It’s a slow, methodical and somewhat tedious task. Amazing to see the colour difference from last weeks excavation as it went through the top soil, to this bright white sand.

The sand pad is all complete now, site is pretty much cleared and getting leveled. The roller worked overtime creating a really solid base. We have been really lucky with the soil conditions here, free draining and next to not clay to have to manage. Just wonderful top soil and sand.

The drone footage is a fantastic way to see the size and layout of the home isn’t it?

In the next instalment, the Andersons will progress to having site services installed, and also get a head start on their landscaping. The beautiful thing about gardens are that they grow, and everything costs less when you buy it small. So the Andersons are employing a great strategy to save money, and make the most of their construction time.

Until next time …

Are you starting construction on your new home or renovation soon? Don’t sign your contract without this …

Would you like to know how to manage each stage of your home’s construction before you build?

Whether you’re building a new home, or renovating an existing one, the construction stage can be exciting as you see your dreams become reality on site. It can also be nerve-wracking and overwhelming too, and many homeowners fear falling prey to a dodgy builder, getting charged for things they shouldn’t, and seeing their budget (and dreams) blowout during their build.

Manage Your Build is my online program that will give you key knowledge, tools, cheatsheets and industry insider checklists and tips, plus strategies to save your sanity and budget as well.

This online program can support you, help you avoid expensive mistakes and drama, and put you in the driver’s seat, feeling confident during the construction of your new home or renovation.

Head to www.undercoverarchitect.com/manageyourbuild to see more about what’s inside the program, and how it can save you stress and money as you navigate the construction of your reno or new home.

From finding your builder, signing your contract and then overseeing the construction of your new home or renovation, this program will equip you each step of the way. It’s a self-paced course, with no expiry, so you can get prepared now, and follow along during your construction. Join Manage Your Build now, and access peace of mind for your project.

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The final design drawings are done | New Zealand Home Project Diary Update #3

The final design concept drawings are done and we move onto the next stage!

Read on to see the final design concept drawing package, and for the latest update in the New Zealand New Home Project Diary.

In our last instalment, the Anderson’s had decided on a preferred option, and I’d prepared some drawings for feedback.

Now we dive into creating the final design concept drawing package, so they can proceed locally with documentation and approvals.

NB: Not all architects will work like this with their clients. I don’t provide documentation services, so when I work with clients now, I only provide design concepts. They then take them to local designers or draftspeople to then continue the process, have approval and construction drawings prepared and manage it locally. Other designers and architects will provide all of this work for you as one service. It’s important, however you are executing it for your project, that you understand copyright laws and know what’s involved in taking a design to someone else to get drawn up.

So, the purpose of this package of design concept drawings, is to present the design in a way that someone else has sufficient information to convert them into formal documentation.

That means lots of notes, lots of dimensions, and descriptions of windows, ceilings and roof design – both in written and drawing form. Want to know how many drawings you’ll need for your project?

Here is the design concept package for the Anderson’s New Zealand new home …

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Floor Plan of proposed new home in New Zealand

The proposed floor plan is drawn at 1:100 and shows detail for the home’s overall layout. It also shows internal dimensions for all rooms, layout for the kitchen, and window types and sizes (and how they open). The latter information regarding windows and doors can be correlated with how they’re shown on the elevations as well.

Extra notes provide additional dimensions to be applied as standard across the design. Dashed lines show roofing and window hoods over the top of the floor plan, and proposed skylight locations.

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Ceiling Plan of proposed new home in New Zealand

I find that creating these colour coded drawings is a simple way to illustrate how ceilings are to be designed. Anyone drafting these drawings requires this information for the design intent to be carried through properly into documentation.

The aim was to do the bulk of the home in a flat ceiling, so that the roof structure could be constructed in roof trusses, and keep costs down overall. Where the impact would be meaningful, we’ve raked the ceiling (see yellow area). This opens up the volume of the living spaces, and the contrast in volume between those spaces, and the flat ceilings of the adjacent kitchen, will create drama and openness. Those raked ceilings will also have skylights to ensure loads of natural light (especially in winter) enter the main living space of the home.

Remember last instalment when I mentioned the shared storage / fireplace wall between the two living areas, and how we were intending to detail it to maintain a visual connection through? Well, this design proposed one of two options – dependent on budget. One was to do doors either side of the storage wall, with a 2700mm (or 9 feet) flat ceiling over, so that long lines of view could be established when the doors were opened.

The other option (and the one that the Anderson’s are doing … YAY!) is to install glass doors internally in those locations, and run glass over the top of the fireplace / storage wall. That way, the visual line of the raked ceiling runs through both living spaces, as well as loads of light and spaciousness. I can’t wait to see that when it’s finished! It will be incredible.

Lower ceilings (2400mm or 8 feet) are proposed wherever joinery is installed, or in tiled areas, to keep expenses down where possible.

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Roof Plan of proposed new home in New Zealand

The roof plan is important for illustrating roof pitches and any plans for gutter locations, and how roofs are intended to sit over the top of each other. The roof is a huge factor in the form of the home, and in a large site like this, it becomes a fifth elevation. So conveying this information accurately is important in maintaining design intent.

I’ve also indicated where skylights are proposed, and the type as well.

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Western Elevation which is the entry elevation of the New Zealand home, and a long section to support information about ceiling and roof design

Elevations are essential for showing the overall form and materiality of the proposed design. They also show window and door information that sometimes isn’t visible on the drawings.

The intention for this home is to wrap the roof and walls in the same cladding, and create a monolithic, simple and elegant gabled form. Almost like an elegant shed (but on steroids!!) This home is not small … it’s intended to house family, and guests, and life, and generations. There’s a balance we need where we don’t want the site to dwarf the home, but we also want the home to have intimacy and elegance about it too. So, the design of the elevation and overall form certainly assists with this.

You’ll see porthole windows in the entry space – these were intended as a bit of fun. I saw the entry space as being a gallery of family photos, with the porthole windows providing framed ‘pictures’ of their own between the family photos.

The entry itself is not over-bearing. It’s sufficiently strong to show where guests need to enter the home, but we didn’t want it to be too significant. It’s designed to protect people from the wind and rain whilst they wait for someone to open the door as well.

The section cuts through the living pavilion, and shows how sliding doors are arranged along the north-eastern façade, and the ceiling steps from being flat (over the kitchen) to raked (over the living spaces).

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North – west and South – east elevations of the living and sleeping pavilions. The ‘oblique’ view is how we show elevations when the plan is on an angle. So in the top elevation, we’re looking at the living pavilion square-on … and the sleeping pavilion is on the oblique (because it’s at an angle to the living pavilion). The bottom elevation shows the living pavilion on the angle, and we’re looking at the rear of the sleeping pavilion square on.

The ‘end’ elevations of the home work to articulate the two pavilion forms. The northern end of the home is, of course, open to natural light. This elevation hasn’t changed from the previous time I presented it. The Andersons decided they wanted full glazing to the northern end of their living space (not the cedar transom as was an alternative).

The southern end of the home is basically the ‘rear’. However, it is where the kids will have their bedrooms, and so natural light is important. This site is also big enough that the home can easily be circumnavigated, so this elevation will be visible. The ‘wall blades’ use on the northern elevation are brought in here, however we have an eave protrusion that is flat, not gabled – which means that the roof structure can be trussed, and we don’t require additional window hoods over the bedroom windows.

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Additional elevations to describe the home

These elevations pick up the remaining facades that aren’t described elsewhere in the package. Here also, the northern elevation of the sleeping pavilion is shown square on – rather than oblique – to help with measuring and scaling for window sizes.

The north-east elevation gives the opportunity to describe how the connection zone will work. This is important, as the roof over the connection zone is low so it tucks under the pavilion roofs – but it can’t be too low overall!

Exciting times ahead …

Now we have the design bedded down, and this package describes it so a draftsperson can convert these drawings into an approval package and construction drawings, it’s time to move on to the exciting stuff.

In the next instalment, I’ll share how the Andersons kicked off construction prior to having their formal approval – as there was specific work they were able to commence without approval. There’s some great photos and footage to share.

Until next time …

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The final design drawings are done | New Zealand Home Project Diary Update #3

The final design concept drawings are done and we move onto the next stage!

Read on to see the final design concept drawing package, and for the latest update in the New Zealand New Home Project Diary.

In our last instalment, the Anderson’s had decided on a preferred option, and I’d prepared some drawings for feedback.

Now we dive into creating the final design concept drawing package, so they can proceed locally with documentation and approvals.

NB: Not all architects will work like this with their clients. I don’t provide documentation services, so when I work with clients now, I only provide design concepts. They then take them to local designers or draftspeople to then continue the process, have approval and construction drawings prepared and manage it locally. Other designers and architects will provide all of this work for you as one service. It’s important, however you are executing it for your project, that you understand copyright laws and know what’s involved in taking a design to someone else to get drawn up.

So, the purpose of this package of design concept drawings, is to present the design in a way that someone else has sufficient information to convert them into formal documentation.

That means lots of notes, lots of dimensions, and descriptions of windows, ceilings and roof design – both in written and drawing form. Want to know how many drawings you’ll need for your project?

Here is the design concept package for the Anderson’s New Zealand new home …

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Floor Plan of proposed new home in New Zealand

The proposed floor plan is drawn at 1:100 and shows detail for the home’s overall layout. It also shows internal dimensions for all rooms, layout for the kitchen, and window types and sizes (and how they open). The latter information regarding windows and doors can be correlated with how they’re shown on the elevations as well.

Extra notes provide additional dimensions to be applied as standard across the design. Dashed lines show roofing and window hoods over the top of the floor plan, and proposed skylight locations.

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Ceiling Plan of proposed new home in New Zealand

I find that creating these colour coded drawings is a simple way to illustrate how ceilings are to be designed. Anyone drafting these drawings requires this information for the design intent to be carried through properly into documentation.

The aim was to do the bulk of the home in a flat ceiling, so that the roof structure could be constructed in roof trusses, and keep costs down overall. Where the impact would be meaningful, we’ve raked the ceiling (see yellow area). This opens up the volume of the living spaces, and the contrast in volume between those spaces, and the flat ceilings of the adjacent kitchen, will create drama and openness. Those raked ceilings will also have skylights to ensure loads of natural light (especially in winter) enter the main living space of the home.

Remember last instalment when I mentioned the shared storage / fireplace wall between the two living areas, and how we were intending to detail it to maintain a visual connection through? Well, this design proposed one of two options – dependent on budget. One was to do doors either side of the storage wall, with a 2700mm (or 9 feet) flat ceiling over, so that long lines of view could be established when the doors were opened.

The other option (and the one that the Anderson’s are doing … YAY!) is to install glass doors internally in those locations, and run glass over the top of the fireplace / storage wall. That way, the visual line of the raked ceiling runs through both living spaces, as well as loads of light and spaciousness. I can’t wait to see that when it’s finished! It will be incredible.

Lower ceilings (2400mm or 8 feet) are proposed wherever joinery is installed, or in tiled areas, to keep expenses down where possible.

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Roof Plan of proposed new home in New Zealand

The roof plan is important for illustrating roof pitches and any plans for gutter locations, and how roofs are intended to sit over the top of each other. The roof is a huge factor in the form of the home, and in a large site like this, it becomes a fifth elevation. So conveying this information accurately is important in maintaining design intent.

I’ve also indicated where skylights are proposed, and the type as well.

UndercoverArchitect-New-Zealand-New-Home

Western Elevation which is the entry elevation of the New Zealand home, and a long section to support information about ceiling and roof design

Elevations are essential for showing the overall form and materiality of the proposed design. They also show window and door information that sometimes isn’t visible on the drawings.

The intention for this home is to wrap the roof and walls in the same cladding, and create a monolithic, simple and elegant gabled form. Almost like an elegant shed (but on steroids!!) This home is not small … it’s intended to house family, and guests, and life, and generations. There’s a balance we need where we don’t want the site to dwarf the home, but we also want the home to have intimacy and elegance about it too. So, the design of the elevation and overall form certainly assists with this.

You’ll see porthole windows in the entry space – these were intended as a bit of fun. I saw the entry space as being a gallery of family photos, with the porthole windows providing framed ‘pictures’ of their own between the family photos.

The entry itself is not over-bearing. It’s sufficiently strong to show where guests need to enter the home, but we didn’t want it to be too significant. It’s designed to protect people from the wind and rain whilst they wait for someone to open the door as well.

The section cuts through the living pavilion, and shows how sliding doors are arranged along the north-eastern façade, and the ceiling steps from being flat (over the kitchen) to raked (over the living spaces).

UndercoverArchitect-New-Zealand-New-Home

North – west and South – east elevations of the living and sleeping pavilions. The ‘oblique’ view is how we show elevations when the plan is on an angle. So in the top elevation, we’re looking at the living pavilion square-on … and the sleeping pavilion is on the oblique (because it’s at an angle to the living pavilion). The bottom elevation shows the living pavilion on the angle, and we’re looking at the rear of the sleeping pavilion square on.

The ‘end’ elevations of the home work to articulate the two pavilion forms. The northern end of the home is, of course, open to natural light. This elevation hasn’t changed from the previous time I presented it. The Andersons decided they wanted full glazing to the northern end of their living space (not the cedar transom as was an alternative).

The southern end of the home is basically the ‘rear’. However, it is where the kids will have their bedrooms, and so natural light is important. This site is also big enough that the home can easily be circumnavigated, so this elevation will be visible. The ‘wall blades’ use on the northern elevation are brought in here, however we have an eave protrusion that is flat, not gabled – which means that the roof structure can be trussed, and we don’t require additional window hoods over the bedroom windows.

UndercoverArchitect-New-Zealand-New-Home

Additional elevations to describe the home

These elevations pick up the remaining facades that aren’t described elsewhere in the package. Here also, the northern elevation of the sleeping pavilion is shown square on – rather than oblique – to help with measuring and scaling for window sizes.

The north-east elevation gives the opportunity to describe how the connection zone will work. This is important, as the roof over the connection zone is low so it tucks under the pavilion roofs – but it can’t be too low overall!

Exciting times ahead …

Now we have the design bedded down, and this package describes it so a draftsperson can convert these drawings into an approval package and construction drawings, it’s time to move on to the exciting stuff.

In the next instalment, I’ll share how the Andersons kicked off construction prior to having their formal approval – as there was specific work they were able to commence without approval. There’s some great photos and footage to share.

Until next time …

The post The final design drawings are done | New Zealand Home Project Diary Update #3 appeared first on Undercover Architect.

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