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“The house was very much a product of the ’70s,” Rodrigues says. “There was an internalised kitchen, with a limited connection between the kitchen and living areas, and between inside and out. The passage linking the entry with the living spaces was very narrow, so there was no sense of welcome.” However, the architect says the house had good bones and was well positioned on the gently sloping site, with a good orientation to the sun. “While we did discuss a completely search | save | share at new build, the owners preferred a more sustainable, adaptive reuse option. They were keen to preserve as much of the existing dwelling as possible. Although they wanted a modern design, it couldn’t be too contemporary or austere – they appreciated the traditional qualities of the neighbourhood and wanted their home to be warm and comfortable. “The project became a renovation and addition. Remnants of the original form and some of the fenestration remain as reminders of the original building. However, the result is indistinguishable from a new build.” To create a strong sense of arrival, the architect introduced a glazed canopy to the entry, and a timber-clad door within a steel plate frame. This now opens to a wide, light and airy hallway. “Space was claimed from the former dining room – we cut through a wall to provide a direct link from the entry to the living areas on the north side of the house. This means guests no longer have to walk down a long narrow passage at the back