Aberdare Rd. Residence



Location:  Shenton Park WA

Design:  Sam Martin

Structural Engineer: Burdett + Associates

Builder:  Shelta Constructions

Photographer: Sam Martin


This small, workers’ cottage in the leafy suburb of Shenton Park was very well built back in the day. The owner required another bedroom, bathroom, rear dining living, under cover outdoor dining & a carport. The existing bathroom was also refitted. The modern skillion to the extension is balanced well by the similar carport & the use of traditional doors, windows & weatherboards ties the new to the old.

The energy efficiency of the extension and existing residence is enabled by R3.0 insulation to the walls and roof, passive solar design allowing north winter sun to penetrate & summer shading to the glass. The slab on ground floor construction of the extension provides thermal mass to regulate the temperature.

The overall improvement completes the house, ties it together & brings it into the 21st century whilst respecting and enhancing the original building.

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Client Testimonial:

“Sam’s brief was to design an extension to our 1920’s Shenton Park cottage, to replace an 80s dining room and laundry sleepout conversion. Sam’s design transformed our home with soaring ceilings and tall French doors providing elegant spacious light filled rooms complementary to the house’s period. We now have a stunning dining room/second lounge, a handsome second bathroom/laundry combination and a fourth bedroom, opening onto an al fresco dining area complete with funky lighting and a steel cantilevered wood lined ceiling which gives us a warm ambience outside, used all year round. With his recommendations for materials and design details, Sam gave us the Wow Factor we never imagined. We loved it so much he designed a complementary refit to our first bathroom and designed a complementary car port that people still stop to admire. The whole process took a year, it was painless and enjoyable, Sam was always on time with his services, he was reasonably priced, he really engaged with the project, and he liaised well with me as owner builder and all the contractors involved. I would recommend Sam 200%” .

Hilary Macdonald

Corporate & Resources Lawyer



Before the renovation