Darlington Residence by David Parsons Architect in Sydney, Australia

Project: Darlington Residence
Architects: David Parsons Architect
Location: Darlington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Area: 925 sf
Year: 2022
Photographs by: Katherine Lu

Darlington Residence by David Parsons Architect

Nestled within a row of classic Sydney terraces, this Darlington home was ready for a transformation. Burdened by unsympathetic additions and the wear of time, the two-storey dwelling presented a unique challenge for David Parsons at Sydney-based architectural firm, David Parsons Architect. “My client came to me with a modest terrace house that was in much need of an upgrade,” David shares, “situated on a very compact site where the layout simply didn’t work for modern living.”

The brief called for a new bathroom upstairs alongside the two existing bedrooms, and a ground floor kitchen that connected more effectively with the rear garden. The solution involved a delicate balance of restoration and reinvention. The outdated rear extension was removed, making way for a meticulously crafted two-storey addition, maximising the available floor area within council regulations and extending the usable living space.

“Being such a small site, taking advantage of every square metre mattered,” says David. This led to a reconfiguration of the upper level, creating a well-appointed bathroom while maintaining the functionality of the bedrooms, including the introduction of an integrated study nook.

Downstairs, the focus was on creating a light-filled, open living space that connected to the backyard and creating a welcoming environment to entertain and cook for family and friends.

This seamless flow is achieved through the clever use of levels and integrated, custom-built joinery, creating a sense of openness and flow between the living, kitchen, and entertaining areas. A floating benchtop extends from the kitchen into the living room, serving as both a media unit and the first step of the finely crafted steel and timber staircase.

Suspended from the upper floor, the staircase not only provides access to the new bathroom and bedrooms but also serves as a central design feature, drawing the eye upwards. Skylights bathe the upper level in natural light, expanding the sense of space and volume.

The design philosophy of multifunctionality is evident throughout the home. β€œSpace was a premium so every element had to perform multiple functions,” explains David. The dining banquette doubles as a fireplace hearth and storage, while the kitchen joinery conceals a small powder room. β€œEvery aspect of the design and construction was carefully considered to ensure that we optimised the use of space,” says David.

The restrained material palette is timeless and light. White walls, ceilings, joinery and marble benchtops are robust and practical. The dark timber floors and staircase add contrast and create a sense of balance whilst linking back to the existing upper level floors.

This Darlington terrace is a testament to thoughtful design, transformed from a tight and shadowy space into a light-filled, connected and open home where beauty and practicality effortlessly go hand in hand.

-Project description and images provided by Profile Makers


Tags: addition, Australia, contemporary, David Parsons Architect, extension, exterior, interior, modern, renovation, Sydney

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