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Pop Top

Lifting the lid on a mid-century house to connect it with the land, sun, and treetops.

open plan dining kitchen space with stacker windows opening out to the garden beyond
bright kitchen space with rounded corner benchtop and leather stools

Set on beautiful, treed acreage, this house had great bones and an enviable setting.


Updated meticulously by the owner, an experienced builder, they hit a roadblock renovating their living spaces.


They wanted them to connect with each other and the outdoors.


Our brief was to unlock the floor plan challenges and create a connected, light-filled modern living zone. It needed to complement the existing character and provide an aspect of their beautiful bushland backdrop.

open plan kitchen with white painted ceiling beams and timber floors


With these areas previously constrained in a narrow line, we added a new dining area out towards the landscape and popped the roof up to gain sunlight. This unlocked 180 views of the garden, the pool and the treetops.

A deep blockwork plinth creates an indoor/outdoor dining seat and when the bifold windows are open this edge becomes a part of the outdoors – the perfect spot to perch with a drink, read or supervise swimmers in the pool.

garden view from the dining table
young lady reading a book on the dining bench seat next to the open window
exterior view of the large pop top dining room
outdoor patio with kitchen servery window and concrete pavers
outdoor patio with dining table and bench seating covered by a white louvered roof
white brick outdoor fireplace with seating and a small drinks table


This plinth extends into the alfresco area, helping to unite the spaces aesthetically and creating outdoor seating. An existing outdoor fireplace was retained and revived, becoming the focal point for this updated alfresco gifted seasonal use by the versatile louvred roof above.

exterior view of feature timber panelling under the eaves
garden view of feature breezeblock screen and built in bench seating
view of exterior white painted bricks and breezeblock screen
outdoor fireplace with comfortable seating
exterior view of stacker windows at the dining room end
detail shot of dining space with glass doors and feature artwork
detail shot of kitchen through the servery window
open kitchen with large pendant lighting and white rounded benchtop


The new kitchen extends from under the existing roof line into this new double height space. A large servery window links to the alfresco area making entertaining easy.

With a repositioned entry, the lounge has become a place to bunker down by the fire and decompress.

We prioritised quality space instead of more of it to create an addition that nestles into and enhances the existing home.

feature timber panelled entry way
young woman reading a book at the dining table with the garden view beyond
detail of kitchen white planelled cabinetry
dining room view out to the pool through the stacker windows
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