houses, Renovations

Build on your strengths

Elsa Young

The renovation of Brett Lotriet Best and Khalid Shawwa's beautiful Parkhurst home showed that it's possible to keep the good features of a property while also making multiple changes.

A key moment for architect Sarah Calburn in achieving the final design of the house involved deploying 'quite some degree of conceptual dynamite' to the former lounge, an area that posed a problem for the overall design.

A central feature of the house had been the veranda overlooking the garden and stream. When Sarah realised that she could demolish the lounge to create a new covered patio and then incorporate the old veranda into the interior, flipping the inside and outside spaces, it was a breakthrough.

The outside area 'has been moved but retains its potency,' she explains. Preservation doesn't have to be literal.



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