My house was built 60 years ago this year. Most of the houses in my street were built within about 5 years. The majority of them have a hallway with a few bedrooms off it, and a lounge room, possibly with double doors into a dining room. Only one place in the street has full length windows (and only in the sunroom out front). They all feel old when you walk inside. Maybe I’m biased but my house has aged well. Firstly, with 4 bedrooms and three living areas it was huge for the times. Having them all open plan and interconnected makes it feel even more spacious and modern. The kitchen separated from the living room by a breakfast bar was I believe very modern – I don’t know of any other in the street that had this as an original feature.
Then there’s the passive solar layout, way ahead of it’s time. The house sits almost exactly square to the compass points. The Western wall is large windows into the main bedroom, the lounge room and full length glass wall of the livingroom. Deep eaves provide protection from middle of the day Summer sun while the Winter sun floods the house with heat and light.
The sunroom on the Northern side has a high ceiling and a wall of glass that extends up to the cathedral ceiling. In Winter the sun spills into this room from just after sunrise until the early afternoon. It’s only missing the slate floor to store the heat. In Summer the sun passes directly overhead, hitting the windowsills but doesn’t shine into the room at all.
Of course it’s not all perfect. The only bathroom and toilet is located beside the front door (well from the outside, inside you have to walk around a bit between them), but the number of times someone has arrived at the front door while I’m in the toilet is ridiculous, and there is pretty much no way to pretend you aren’t there, or sneak out without it becoming very obvious.
Just in case you love looking at floor plans as much as I do, this is one I drew up when I was planning the renovation. It is ‘close to scale’.
The Lounge is now the new study. The corner suite has found a new home. Bed 4 which was my study is now the nail salon.