Plans For a Simple Carport Evolve Into a Rear Addition and See-Through Pool

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By Michele Koh Morollo / Published by Dwell
A straightforward alteration and addition project in Manly, New South Wales, Australia, results in a surprising overhaul of the rear yard.

The owners of The Whyte House—a two-story, Queen Anne-style, semi-detached, heritage-listed building—had wanted to add a carport and awnings to their home. They approached Manly-based architects Buck & Simple and began discussions that ended up evolving into a completely new plan. 

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Instead, the alteration expanded to include a new extension that would accommodate a pool, as well as conceal the pool pump and storage area for wet suits and surfboards. 

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In the existing house, the interiors were also reconfigured for maximum efficiency. 

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The living areas were rearranged and scaled down, while interconnected spaces were incorporated into the floor plan. 

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Livings areas and rooms were positioned to allow for social flexibility so that every space could function as a place to either entertain or find some peace and quiet.

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The outdoor garden presents a view of the new carport structure, while the living areas look out to the garden. 

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This visual interconnectivity is a key element of the design, which maintains a consistent perspective throughout the property. 

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Sustainability guided much of the architects’ material choices. 

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For the exterior, they chose to use teak and timber that they painted white in order to enhance its durability against harsh weather. 

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To create a roof that would be rigid and stable, they used a naturally weathering zinc sheet that's folded in a traditional double-standing seam.

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Sandstone from a local quarry was used to add texture, complement the existing heritage elements of the house, and connect the rear yard with the existing home.   

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