Kathy Barnsley Architect
Kathy knows the Southern Highlands well having practiced there since 1991. She and her team are dedicated to providing outstanding one-on-one architectural services for the whole of the Highlands and beyond.
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Classical Detailing in Bundanoon
Bundanoon NSW, 2015
Located on a corner block, it was important for this house to present a welcoming façade to both streets. We created a gable on each end of the ‘L’ shaped footprint, creating an ‘embracing’ street presence. The slope of the block allowed the house to be designed on two levels, with about 500mm difference between the two. The bedroom ‘wing’ is on the upper level. Instead of stepping the roof down to the lower section which houses the living areas, we kept the roof and ceiling at the same height, which gives a lovely high ceiling for the living areas. The main dining and lounge areas are separated by a bookshelf room divider with classical columns, giving each area its own identity but maintaining the open planning of the space. Both areas spill out onto the private alfresco area. Through to the kitchen which has a small breakfast nook, the nook opens out to the east facing front morning verandah, kept private from the road by tucking it in behind the garage gable end and keeping it on the lower level. The lovely big kitchen focusses on the generous central island and further to the bay window on the end overlooking the backyard. A mud room slots in next to the generous pantry providing access to the garage and through the laundry out to the formal veggie patch. The rear alfresco verandah has a window pass-through from the kitchen for BBQ’s and flows down two sets of garden steps
Traditional Home in Burradoo
Burradoo NSW, 2014
This property is located in a subdivision with some very strict aesthetic requirements. We needed to create a home that would fit within these guidelines. With a limited budget, it was also important to the owners to get the most benefit out of the layout of the house. The aspect of the home is challenging, as the northern side of the house faces the street, so while we needed to get as much sun as possible in on that side, we also needed to provide privacy, and also private outdoor living space. The solution was to have the open planned living area be two sided; one side opening up to the sun, even from the rooftop dormer windows, and the other side opening out to a private deck area for outdoor living. The bedroom wing then sits perpendicular to the living wing, extending north and south, with the garage on the least desirable southwestern corner. Incorporating lovely traditional elements such as the verandahs, brick chimney, raked ceilings and dormer windows completed the design.
Modern Home in Big Hill
Big Hill NSW, 2015
This new home is located on a beautiful property with expansive views up a pretty valley. A simple floor plan was conceived with a long bedroom wing sitting alongside and slightly above a living area wing, connected by a glass link. The living wing is an open planned sunny space, with the kitchen at one end and a sandstone-detailed fireplace at the other. Outdoor terraces finish each end with views in all directions.