This was the smallest and wobbliest of all the houses on this street. With the backyard dropping steeply into remnant bushland of towering eucalypts, the site had the complications of landslip and a flame zone bushfire rating. The owners loved their shack, and weren’t asking for much more, just an extra room, a bath, and a back deck to sit in the trees. The inherent costs of the bushfire rating meant no budget to increase the building footprint, but instead a careful rearrangement of spaces, rejuvenation of the building fabric and some new external decks. A new stair is cut into the floor to allow the fit-out of downstairs for bedrooms. The main floor is opened up for living spaces with a new periscope window up top to appreciate the full height of those trees. It is still the ‘same ol' shack’ in its size, materiality and presence, but offers much more.
Barnacle Studio practices in the land of the Wodi Wodi peoples of the Dharawal nation. We acknowledge the traditional (first custodians) of this country where our projects are made, and where these materials come from. We recognise their continued connection to land and waters, culture, past, present and future generations.