Kensington House, NSW

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Location: Kensington NSW

Bricklayer: Peninsula Projects

Builder: Oricon Developments

Architect: Fox Johnston Architects

Photographer: Brett Boardman

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The owners loved their inner-city brick cottage but were looking for more living space and a connection to the back garden, not to mention a new kitchen to replace the old timber lean-to.

They were not comfortable with the sleek finish of the initial extension design, prompting a move to face brickwork. However this is a very contemporary interpretation of brickwork, with deep, brick-lined reveals allowing fully-folding doors to address lawn and a paved area. The reveal depth also affords sun and rain protection, while retaining the indoor-outdoor feeling.

The architect recommended not matching the existing dark red bricks, instead nominating Austral Bricks™ Bowral® Blue dry-pressed bricks laid in a white mortar. Despite initial concern from the owners about the colour difference, it was quickly evident that the new brickwork complemented the old and the two colours work well together.

This innovative extension won the Alterations and Extensions category in the AIA NSW Architecture Awards.

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The crisp edges and deep, earthy colours of Bowral dry-pressed bricks blend style and function to present a clean, modern aesthetic. These premium quality bricks are available across Australia in standard 76 mm thickness and in a slim 50 mm format.

Colour: Bowral Blue

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