CRONIN ISLAND HOUSE
DATE: 2003 | LOCATION: Gold Coast, QLD
A 1970s large family home on the exclusive Gold Coast island between Surfers Paradise and Southport on the Nerang River. The basic planning of the existing dwelling didn't incorporate the river amenity with the kitchen and dining areas on the street side of the building.
The main focus of the redesign was, of course, the river, pool and outdoor living. Additional design features included the redefining of the entry and relocating of the stairs to the first-floor bedrooms. The downstairs guest bedroom and ensuite were relocated to the old kitchen area, a new bedroom and ensuite were incorporated upstairs and the original downstairs bedroom location was redesigned to accommodate a new kitchen with gas lift windows to service the external dining bar beside the pool and deck overlooking the river.
The living room was extended towards the river and the full-height glazed stacking doors slide into a cavity. this provides for an unobstructed view and access to the river and pool. The exterior also underwent an extreme makeover. The southern wall/roof was a complete tillet surface. Extensions to the roof added an eve overhang which helped break up this harsh elevation. The tiles were removed and replaced with F.C. sheeting and battens.
The remaining roof was fitted with extended eave overhangs and clad with colorbond sheeting. A new carport and entry canopy were added to enhance the street presence and provide extra car parking. The landscaping was totally redesigned and numerous large palm trees were transplanted from the street side to the riverside, with success. This with pergolas/screens provided for much-needed shading from the harsh western sun.