After many years as a rental property, this Paddington terrace had fallen into poor
condition making it difficult to lease. The site's long and narrow dimensions (4m wide by 40m)
meant that additional space had to be created by excavating beneath the house to create a new
living level which could open onto a rear courtyard. Now three stories, each level is served
by a self supporting hardwood timber stair. The stair is comprised of only two elements: the
stair treads and the balusters which are made from five metre long hardwood beams, mounted on
the floor and standing upright like a giant comb. The treads are supported vertically by the
balusters and they are supported laterally by the treads which act as braces back to the walls.
A concealed pelmet light runs uninterrupted vertically through two levels of the house, illuminating
The terrace now accommodates three bedrooms, each with private balcony, a flexible home
office/extra bedroom and a self contained studio. The studio is separated from the main house
by a courtyard which ensures privacy between the two dwellings. The courtyard was divided into
two distinct areas, with a high garden bed allowing potentially different groups of users from
each dwelling to utilize the space. Palms from the old garden were retained, and the walls of
the garden bed were fashioned from sandstone flags salvaged from the site.