The Loft House

Nestled amidst the leafy streets of Canberra’s inner north, the Loft House addition delivers a warm, light filled living space with a ‘lofty’ retreat above. Located behind a compact 1950’s Riley Newsum prefabricated house, the addition emerges up into the skyline with a sympathetic gable form.

With it’s high raked ceilings and exposed rafters, the addition remains true to the arts and crafts character of the existing house. Recycled timber flooring and white washed plywood add texture and warmth.

Delicate in materiality, yet bold in character, the addition inspires open living with its connection between living spaces and outdoor garden rooms. Taking advantage of a northerly orientation, the interiors are light, elegant, and inviting.

White painted custom Scottish bond reverse brick veneer walls create interest and texture internally, whilst enhancing the thermal mass within the house. This, combined with high density wall insulation, provides warmth in winter, while operable skylights allow night purging to keep the house cool in summer.

Unique planning and detailing has revitalised a modest home into one that is bold and invigorating, allowing for connectivity between spaces and improving family living.

Photos by Rob Henry