Sally Morgan Architect
Sally Morgan Architect was established in Killcare in 2002 and specialises in residential architecture both multiple and single, new and refurbished. The majority of projects have been completed in local council areas giving the practice experience with local council legislation and procedures. Our philosophy is to create spaces that celebrate the location in which they are situated and to enhance the quality of life for occupants. It is possible to maximise the benefits of any site regardless of views or orientation just by capturing natural light. Environemntal considerations are very important to us and we strive to achive a building that is as sustainable as possible.
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The brief was for lots of natural light with views to the beach or bush from every room. The timber pavillion is the first stage in a two stage project, where the use of sustainable materials and minimal distrubance to the site was essential. Space was a premium!. The internal plan relies on interconnecting and overlapping of spaces. Large areas of external glazing achives a perception of space by ‘borrowing’ views into neighbouring gardens. The structure is all recycled ironbark with areas of cedar cladding both externally and internally. The hardwood timber battens provide both privacy and sun protection. The skillion roof opens up to the north to maximize the solar gain and capture views up to the sky.
Pearl Beach Cottage
Pearl Beach, 2003
The existing holiday cottage had all the charm of a previous era but did not take advantage of the special site in which it was located. The cottage presented to the street but turned its back on the delightful rear garden and creek. The brief was to increase the floor area by adding new rooms that celebrated the location. There was also a desire to lighten the whole cottage by bringing sunlight back into the existing rooms. A new contemporary style addition was connected to the rear of the cottage. The floor level was set down and the roof lifted up to create a sunlit living area opening onto entertaining decks, which overlook the garden. The relaxed holiday feel of the original cottage still exists with all the benefits of the newer addition.
The Beach House started as an alteration and addition, to an exitsing house, on a steep and compact site at Killcare. It became clear that the internal planning was limiting the functionality of the rooms and their access to external sunlight. The large family wanted to maximise the northern orientation of the site, which fronted onto the street ,but to still maintain privacy and then to open the back of the house up to the ocean views to the south. The solution was to strip the house down to the floor platforms, which would avoid the need for significant below ground cost of construction. The planning was rationalised by adding one single run of stairs on the western side of the site. The four levels then accessed the stairs at various points, with the ability to close them off for thermal control. The top level opens from north to south with northen light that flows through to the open plan Living/Dining area. The result is a light filled home with separate areas for children and adults to all enjoy their beach holidays.