The Suburban Bungalow


The notion of what a family home should be has broadened somewhat. Multi-generational living, groups of single people and in this project, creating a new space for a blending of two families. This large family has two adults and six children with a wide age range.

The brief for this project was for a city house. Not everyone needed a separate bedroom but there needed to be plenty of opportunity for multiple living spaces, a central family congregation point and the ability for everyone to have some privacy.

The outcome was to construct a linked pavilion in the garden, housing various bedrooms, living, study nook and bathroom. This allowed for separation when  wanted, and also the feeling of the old suburban “bungalow” in the backyard, which the kids love.

Setting the  new  addition back from the existing house created a private and north facing, sun filled courtyard. The upper level bedrooms open to a shared deck enclosed within timber screens to create a private haven from the main living spaces.

The built form provides natural passive sun shading and many sustainable features were included like water tanks and solar hot water.

  • Location:
    Coburg, Melbourne, Australia
  • Builder:
    Constructing Spaces Pty Ltd
  • Photographer:
    Rory Gardiner
  • Structural Engineer:
    RST Consulting
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