ADAPTIVE RE-USE REQUIRES ADAPTIVE THINKING
When it comes to additions, remodels and the adaptive re-use of exiting structures, thinking outside the square is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Quite simply, abstract thinking is an essential component to the design process.
When working with these existing structures, it is a completely different style of design and requires a totally different train of through. Instead of starting with a clean slate like you would with a new build, you are required to work around what already sits on the site, trying to modify or extend it to suit the new needs of the owner. It is therefore crucial to think outside the square when it comes to utilising the existing structure to its full potential, whether it be building up, building out, or remodelling internally. If not carefully planned and thought out, a simple project can quite easily turn into something bigger than Ben Hur.
With abstract thinking, not only can you end up with a more cost effective and suitable design, but it can result in some quirky design solutions that only an addition and renovation could offer. These solutions that couldn’t be designed into a new home build is what gives the overall design its own personality with its very own story. After all, the reason we are so in love with these character/older buildings is because each and every one has its own story to tell, so why not add another chapter?
This has been done beautifully in the home remodel by Arkee Creative. Aspects of the original, 100 year old character home were restored to their former beauty and repurposed in the new home design. For example, the new bathroom fit out was designed around the existing heritage fire place. This provides a beautiful point of difference in the home design, recalling the past life of the home and injecting a touch of history that a new home build couldn’t provide.