Anodised bronze aluminium glazing, supplied by Capral Aluminium has helped unify different architectural styles during the recent extension and renovation of a home in Peppermint Grove, Perth, WA.

Extensions carried out on older buildings using modern additions usually face the challenge of disparate architectural styles, and often call for a thematic ‘thread’ to unite mixed visual elements. In the case of a recently extended house located on a 1,600-square-metre block in the coastal Perth suburb of Peppermint Grove, all the expansive windows and glass doors have been linked using anodised bronze aluminium glazing supplied by Capral Aluminium.

Several striking commercial-grade Capral products were used in the project, including large 900 Series sliding doors and Breezway louvres, all of which were incorporated with ease into the home’s original and new features.

Don Taylor from DTDA Pty Ltd, the designer working on the extension project, said their starting point was an early limestone-facade residence, which had an addition put onto it in the 1960s. The 1960s addition, which served as a rear-property carport with a granny flat above it (complete with concrete slab floor), was incorporated into the new works.

The designer transformed the original garage into a family room, and created a new master bedroom with ensuite and robe above, overlooking the swimming pool. A separate standalone garage, topped by an expansive spare bedroom, was built to replace the converted carport.

All new additions are characterised by contemporary crisp lines and uncluttered large spaces. Don explains that the challenge was to create confident and strong additions without segregating the residence into ‘old and new’ precincts. The solution was to use Capral products consistently throughout the home, starting with the original limestone facade. Original timber French doors were removed and the cavities heightened to accommodate new fixed glass aluminium windows and louvered panels.

The extra height of the Capral frames immediately conferred a contemporary styling on the old facade without undermining the heritage of the limestone. Their shared visual strength and engineering hardiness help the juxtaposed ‘old and new’ styles coexist happily. The Capral framing is close in size to the 40–50mm frames of the early-era windows, giving a sense of permanence and stability to the new windows. Complementary aluminium louvre windows also work well as aesthetic anchors, thanks to their obvious practicality and security. The dark bronze anodised finish, used throughout the residence, underscores the solidity of the glazing while embracing the timelessness of a burnished surface.

The modern additions at the rear of the residence harmonise effectively with spacious rooms and expansive glass panels. Commercial-grade 900 Series sliding doors were chosen due to their high load capacities and rugged rollers, allowing for the installation of extra high glass panels without difficulty. The 900 Series sliding doors can bear loads up to 250kg and individual glass panels measuring up to 3,000mm in height x 2,500mm in width.

Additionally, the house features unobtrusive door furniture, also finished in anodised bronze, supplied by Halliday + Baillie.

Designed by DTDA Pty Ltd, the Peppermint Grove residence incorporates Capral’s 400 Narrowline framing, 900 Series sliding doors and 275 Series hinged doors, all in dark bronze anodised finish, and featuring 6.38 and 10.38 Comfort Plus Clear Glass as well as Breezway louvres.