hebburn street house


Hebburn Street, Hamilton NSW

The site is zoned medium density residential 3 and located in a heritage conservation area. It has a 12.903 metre street frontage and a maximum depth of 40.234 metres with a slight fall to the rear of site. The site is approximately 518.5 square metres in area. The existing house was a four-bedroom weatherboard and brick dwelling purchased by the Client for his new place of residence. The proposal was to make some alterations and additions to the existing dwelling, optimising the use of the existing building, to create a more ergonomic environment for the Client who requires the use of a wheelchair. Accessibility and automation where key elements in the design.


The project involved demolishing the rear of the building to create a larger living, dining, and kitchen area, four bedrooms, bathroom, laundry, and en-suite. The garage was relocated for a carport, providing parking for two cars and all-weather access. A deck was added for outdoor space. The roof extension maintained a consistent floor level. Ground level was raised for accessible paths. Internal alterations widened doorways, improved circulation, and updated kitchen and bathroom areas. The chimney was removed due to cost and layout considerations

In keeping with the heritage conservation area and associated housing stock the majority of existing heritage detailing including timber windows, window awnings, leadlight glazing, eave and soffit lining boards, and feature gable details have been maintained. The rear addition matches the face brickwork facade and roofline from the exterior to complement the existing house, however provides contrast in the internal spaces with modern joinery design, raked ceilings, and square set linings. Automation features include both tablet controlled and voice activated doors, windows, entertainment system, and lighting.

For energy efficiency, the home is designed for good cross ventilation in summer, with the main living spaces open on at least two sides. Walls and roof are insulated to prevent the space losing heat during winter. Natural light is maximised through the home, and rear; large, glazed areas facing south and east incorporates low-e glazing to limit heat loss. The roof over the living area has been planned for photovoltaic cells.

Air conditioning is zoned between living areas and bedrooms. The house incorporates AAA rated plumbing accessories to increase water usage efficiency. Water is drained from the roof and collected in a storage tank. This water will then be reticulated through the house to the WC’s and landscape irrigation. This water will then be discharged into the local storm
water system via kerb outlet.