Ian Garrity Architect
I am a sole practitioner specialising in residential work – extentions, new houses, multiple unit developments. I also have experience in commercial office, warehouse and retail design. I can offer full DA/CC services, from sketch plans to full construction drawings and conract administration. I generally operate in the Sydney region, but am open to work around various parts of NSW.
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The site was a narrow block of land on the south side of the escarpment at Clontarf NSW – facing back towards Middle Harbour with views across to Mosman and Chinamans Beach. A natural gully fell steeply away across the western side of the site. An existing 1940’s brick house was demolished and the clients, a retired couple, requested a low maintenance house with separate room for their adult children (and their own children) to stay when visiting. The resulting two storey design has a garage halfway between the two levels cantilevering out over the gully, with the upper level being the clients main residence, the lower level given over as a separate vistors space. The views are to the south, but the sun is to the north, so the roof allows highlight windows to gather northern sun, while the ‘service areas’ (Kitchen and W.C.) act to block main living areas from the street and so provide visual privacy.
Castlecrag NSW, –
This was a project with another fantastic site. Located at Castlecrag NSW, it had an existing house located far down on the block, away from the neighbours who were built back up at street level. The design involved very substantial alterations and additions to the existing house and ultilized cues from the surrounding bush and the ethos of what Walter Burley Griffin first envisioned for the suburb. Sandstone, zinc, glass and concrete being the materials of choice. The sandstone base contains the bedrooms, while the upper level contains the Kitchen, W.C., a large flagstoned deck and the ‘Grand Room’ – the living/dining area of the house with operable doors front and rear to allow the whole house to open up so the curved roof is acting like a giant umbrella over the living spaces. Sadly, the client sold the site on, so it never went further than the sketches and 3D images you see here.
Culbura NSW, –
This project simply involved putting a new deck on an existing small fibre cement clad weekender at Culbura Beach (near Jervis Bay) NSW. The house was not to be touched, and the deck was to be the ‘extra room’ the clients needed to fully enjoy family life at the beach. The deck is to be the focal point of the house, as a place to come and sit, eat and sleep after swimming or surfing at the beach. The new roof has been angled for best solar access in winter (and to ‘open out’ to the beach), yet blocking out the full summer sun. Lockable storage areas at each end of the deck allow a place for a BBQ to be permanently installed at one end, while the other allowed for foldable outdoor furniture to be stored between visits.