Seems we are destined to work with north facing front yards…. and existing houses with living rooms facing them, when all the private yard is toward the rear. But a good front fence helps. Altered to form a private courtyard, sliding doors added to the living and dining – the house now engages with a new external space. Its new pergola and barbecue enclosure provides a new generous form to the street.

The new rear section, mirrors this form, the two now framing the existing building. The extension to the rear now provides a master bedroom and a combined play and study space which have a new relationship to the rear views.