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    Brick veneer cottage in Sydney receives a timber-clad addition

    Mona Vale NSW 2103

    The renovation of a modest brick veneer cottage in Sydney has resulted in a modern beach house using natural materials and considered volumetric arrangement.

    Designed by Buck & Simple, Casa Crisp in the suburb of Mona Vale saw the addition of a rectilinear timber form that sits atop the original podium. This allowed much of the existing dwelling to be retained.

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    Blackbutt timber was extensively utilised in the home’s design. The locally-sourced Australian hardwood was used for the dwelling’s carport, entry screening and the cladding of the first-floor addition.

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    Creating a ‘timber on white’ aesthetic, the lower floor has retained the existing brickwork finished in naturally heat reflective white paint.

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    This material and colour theme continues throughout the interiors of Casa Crisp. Concrete, tiled or oak floors and timber details are accentuated by white walls creating a clean and robust space.

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    Beyond the material choices is an incorporation of passive environmental systems. Upstairs, rooms utilise cross ventilation and high-level operability to create a stack, or chimney effect, drawing cool air through the home in summer. Additionally, external adjustable louvres and awnings are positioned over large areas of glazing, catering for changing weather conditions. 

    Originally a 1.5-bedroom home, the new design has added an extra two bedrooms and bathrooms.  

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    PRODUCTS

    TIMBER
    BLACKBUTT
    AMERICAN OAK JOINERY & STAIRS
    ENGINEERED OAK
    PINE V-JOINTED LINING BOARDS
    SPOTTED GUM CEILING & BEAMS

    TILES
    ONSITE
    TERRANOVA WILLOUGHBY

    BENCHTOPS
    MR AND MRS WHITE, OAK JOINERY

    TAPWARE
    ASTRA WALKER

    BATHROOM VANITIES
    ASTRA WALKER

    WINDOWS & GLAZING
    EVOLUTION WINDOW SYSTEMS
    VISION 3 WINDOW SYSTEMS

    LIGHTING
    URBAN LIGHTING WILLOUGHBY

    PAINTS
    INTERIOR: DULUX LEXICON QUARTER; PORTERS GREY FOX; PORTERS CLEAR COAT ON AMERICAN OAK FOR ALL JOINERY & STAIRS 
    EXTERIOR: DULUX WEATHERSHIELD LEXICON HALF; INTERGRAIN ULTRACLEAR EXTERIOR FINISH FOR TIMBER

    Key Info

    Architect: Buck & Simple
    Words: Nicholas Rider
    Photography: Simon Whitbread 

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