River House by James Allen Architect
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“This project was a full reimagining of a much-loved family retreat on the Murray River, 120km from Adelaide in South Australia. The brief was to squeeze as much out of the tight living space whilst opening up the pokey hidden away lime green 70s kitchen.
Upstairs, walls were removed and stairs realigned to make the most out of the available space and downstairs a large room was divided into a guest room and a fun kids' bunk room. Using plywood with a whitewash finish on the new elements meant the design was simple to build for the local trades but achieved a relaxed and comfortable holiday feel.
Pendant lights crafted from local limestone positioned over the custom designed solid oak kitchen table added a unique local touch.
Materials palette was kept simple and minimal. The approach; if it can be built out of plywood, then build it out of plywood. This kept the building low tech and approachable for the local country trades without having to call in specialist from afar. The plywood was finished with a Porters woodwash.
The existing stair cut into the living space leaving an awkward "L" shape corner to the room, extremely hard to furnish and utilise. The solution was a banquette seat with the stair wrapping under. The seat giving the required head room for the stair below.
There was limited space in achieve a full size open plan kitchen plus a dinner table. The solution was to utilise the kitchen island as a table, essentially making it an eat in kitchen but the table being bench height.”