E Residence

E Residence

E Residence was a traditional pre-1911 urban workers cottage.

It was sited typically with limited access and space to the rear backyard.

And it was hemmed in by neighbours.

The alterations and additions designed by Tonic Architecture + Design centred around opening up the rear of the home and creating at ground (under house) and above ground (rooftop deck) external living and entertaining zones connected to the new living zones.

This intervention allowed the traditional elements of the workers cottage to remain largely intact with minimal upgrades in creating new bathrooms.

The proposed modest additions delivered a new open plan kitchen and living areas with flexibility and detailing referencing the period era style of the existing home.

The back of the home was opened up with glazed doors and walls set behind a detailed screen element.

This allowed natural light and ventilation whilst maintaining privacy.

And it created a unique architectural façade feature to the new rear of the home.

A staircase traversing up and down leads the occupant to explore the new roof top deck (sky-yard) and lower under house outdoor living zones created in lieu of traditional outdoor front or rear yard spaces.

Complimenting these strategies are the hard and soft tropical landscaped spaces that surround the home, creating optimal indoor-outdoor spaces that extend and expand upon the notion of living and entertaining in South East Queensland.

Project Details

Completion Date – 2020
Building Levels – 2

Project Team


Tonic Design

The Tonic Design team is experienced in architecture, interior design, furniture design, film making, and digital design.

They integrate these skills to practice design as interpreters and synthetic thinkers, leading and working with teams of consultants and builders on complex projects ranging from boutique retail fit outs to large scale master planned developments.



Christopher Frederick Jones

Christopher is an experienced architectural and interiors photographer based in Brisbane, Australia.


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