Photographs | Nic Granleese + OOF! architecture


LongRoom House is the renovation a modest 2-storey terrace to suit a 21st century blended family - a family that grows from a manageable household of 3 to the jam-packed chaos of 7 people + 2 dogs. While modest in appearance, the house was built in the 1850s in the first decade of settlement in the area and is of high heritage significance. It is strongly controlled by council heritage requirements externally and internally.

With a few bold interventions, the dysfunctional + poky rooms of the old house were mined to produce surprisingly generous new family spaces + cosy attic bedrooms within the tight footprint. We endeavoured to re-organise the house spatially but retain – and reveal - as much original fabric as possible. Wonky angles and uneven surfaces are not corrected but highlighted as the charms of the house. The clean industrial lines of new elements introduced by the renovation serve as a counterpoint to the craggy old faces of the old.

A modest palette of simple plywood joinery throughout provides a fresh counterpoint that highlights the charms of old timber floors, well-worn doors and gnarled roof frames.

Generous new skylights brighten up formerly dim rooms with views of the sky + reveal the original timbers of the house. A continuous joinery wall of different patchworked plywoods - birch, black + white film faced - knits several old cramped rooms into the largest space in the house — a long room worthy of the cooking, eating, talking + carousing when the whole clan descends.

 BEFORE | Photograph | OOF! architecture

BEFORE | Photograph | OOF! architecture


Architect | Fooi-Ling Khoo
Planning + Heritage | David Brand
Building Surveyor | Anthony Middling & Associates
Feature Copper Lights | Giffin Design



Builder | D M Urban Projects
Joiner | Wattle Valley Kitchens
Tiler | Bellas Bros


OR get in touch with Ben at Bowerbird.io - he'd love to help with further information about this project. Give him a call: +61 435 196 520