Alterations + Additions, Waratah NSW


Waratah Garden Room involves the renovation to an existing 1960's home in Waratah, NSW. 


With picturesque views to the city of Newcastle and treetops beyond, and a backyard planted with natives falling gently to the north east, the design for this project aims to create an intimate linkage between the interior of the home and these exterior qualities.

The renovation sees the removal of an internal wall to create a open plan kitchen/dining/seating area, generously opening out onto a deck with planted edge. The 'garden room' is deliberately set down from the main living area to invite one out to the garden below and create a multi-use space for a plethora of activities including yoga, guest room, children's play area or simply a place to sit and dwell.


The design is intended to sit 'at one' with the existing home and site, while also maximizing the impact of the intervention for our clients.  

Timber features throughout the design from the doors and windows to the joinery and garden room ceiling, creating a sense of warmth and connection to nature. Interior details including the overhead open shelving and terazzo benchtop to the kitchen are intended as a playful nod to the 1960's characteristics of the home.

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