The brief was to create a freestanding building adjacent to a substantial 19th Century house. the building was to accomodate garaging below and a completely independent self contained AirBnB for guests quarters above. We designed a "Coach House" inspired by the free standing building at the end of the driveway. We incorporated large arch iron doors for the lower and upper levels to reflect the iron doors in the main house.
We decided to leave the accommodation as one uninterrupted space and designed a soaring ceiling to follow the steeply pitched roof. This created a huge volume of space with an enormous North facing window that ensures the space is continuously flooded with light.
We included a full kitchen in the design but then disguised it completely behind a bank of cupboards finished in the same timber as the floor, to limit the visual impact of the cabinetry.
One major set of Iron French doors looking down the driveway added architectural interest. A similar set of iron windows was created for the Eastern side of the building to provide additional light and ventilation. To ensure privacy the bottom panes were mirrored so that there is no view of the main house from the Coach House.
The walls of the Coach House were painted to resemble stone to create a faux layer of history. Guests often think the walls are stone and the building is 19th Century !
The mosquito curtains, original photographs of the South Australian Bush and original Aboriginal art completed the Australian Safari aesthetic.