Renovations and additions to a National Trust home circa 1880 by Brisbane eco architects dsarchitecture (formerly known as Dion Seminara Architecture).
The proposal included an extension to the existing house and refurbishment of the existing older home. It also included a garage and basement level substantially below ground, a new ground floor level and a new extension to the first floor level incorporating an expansion of the current homes living and bedroom areas.
The 1975 extension would be removed to make way for this new extension. Also the small extension to the existing verandah would be modified to form a curved entry structure and stair. The new extension was linked to the old house via an extension of the existing verandah. The existing verandah would have frameless sliding glass installed behind the balustrade so it would appear as an open verandah. A drying court deck (uncovered) would also disconnect new from old with a landscaped court providing additional separation between this deck and the verandah. At the ground level the rear extension was separated from the existing house by a courtyard, therefore vistas from Thomas Street through to the rear of the existing house did not change.
The existing kitchen of the house would be converted to a laundry and powder room. The existing enclosed verandah off bedroom 1 which was used as an ensuite and walk in robe would be refurbished and used for this same purpose. The existing bathroom would also be refurbished and remain as a bathroom.
New galvanised iron roof sheeting in short length would replace the existing corroded roof sheeting. The new roof over new extension would also be galvanised roof sheeting.
Given the existing home’s dominant architectural character, the new extension’s roof line would be of a simple form in keeping with the existing house. The architectural detail however, would be representative of today’s architectural design philosophies and today’s building materials. The new extension, although large, would neither compete nor replicate the architectural style and detail that has made this home worthy of inclusion on the Queensland Heritage Register.
As the site has a two street frontage the architectural character of historic street frontage would be preserved. As a result of this the homes contribution to the historic Rosalie townscape will not change.
Every attempt would be made not to disturb what makes Glentworth worth preserving as a representation of a classic Queensland timber colonial residence of the early 1880’s.
See more images of this home and others by queenslander architects dsarchitecture here http://www.dsarchitecture.com.au/architects/auchenflower-national-trust-refurbishment