The challenge for this project was, how to create a usable, yet beautiful, outdoor entertaining space on the waterfront side of the home.
From a practical perspective, the existing verandah was quite narrow and considerably elevated above the ground level of the garden. Aesthetically, the height of the floor on this waterfront side of the home had resulted in an unattractive expanse of red brickwork leading up to the sill of the kitchen window. This façade was going to require quite a few changes to bring it in line with the client\'s requirements.
Melanie’s approach was to design an extension to the verandah with a new roof line. This extension would connect to a lower level entertaining terrace, which would then flow onto the lawn area.
The verandah has a dramatic raked ceiling with feature stone piers to anchor the glass balustrade. Melanie said, “The end of the verandah roof was kept open, pergola style, to ensure that winter sun could stream under the roof line and into the living room. These exposed beams and rafters also created a sculptural feature for the space, staging the transition from solid roof to open sky”. The client\'s chose a light colour scheme to reflect the light off the water and engender a yacht-like ambiance. This colour scheme extended to the render finish which now covers the original brickwork.
The location and style of the lower level entertaining terrace was driven by the need to disguise the brick wall under the kitchen window, Melanie said. “It was critical that the two entertaining spaces worked well together, but just as critical that the terrace roof structure act as a balancing element between the higher roof line of the verandah and the ground level, creating a stepped transition to the lawn area”.