The clients' brief in this case was for JJA to essentially provide a 'masterplan' for the future - to see that their existing home catered for the needs of their extended family in years to come. Before embarking on some much needed maintenance to the building fabric of the existing house the clients wanted to ensure that they were spending their finances wisely.
A core concept in the new masterplan is a corner indoor/outdoor room which takes advantage of the quietest and sunniest part of the site with panoramic district views. The existing living areas of the house are too dark in winter and too hot in summer, so with some careful planning and rethinking of the roof form, a much more usable and beautiful living space is created.
An integral part of the sketch design process is coming to understand the site, and understand how a client lives. A thorough site analysis informed JJA's proposal as to what part of the site is best suited to what aspects of this family's lifestyle.
As the intention is to perhaps do this work over an extended period of time as finances become available, it was important to present a masterplan which can be staged.