Heritage Management Plan

The Heritage Manageemnt Plan is intended to enable decisions on the future conservation and development of 4 Lapish Avenue Ashfield. This assessment needs to be taken into account alongside other considerations such as compatible and feasible uses, client and statutory requirements and physical constraints.

Owner and user requirements

Historically the semi-detached pairs that form the Lapish Avenue street scape have always provided affordable housing, generally the houses have been home to single occupiers. Four Lapish Avenue was last dual occupied in 1973. However, the recent surge in the Sydney Housing market has led to smaller Semi-Detached residencies such as this property becoming the only entry point for young families into the Sydney housing market. It is reasonable to expect that the house will be home to larger families in the future than it has catered for in the past. Whilst there is adequate bedrooms for a small family the proportions of dining, cooking and hygiene facilities are not suitable. The current owners who have personal interests in history and design wish to where feasible restore and reconstruct features of the property to as close as possible its original state.

Conservation and manageemnt recommendations

Structural fabric

Immediate/ short term:
  • Need to halt on-going deterioration of significant structure including decay due to damp, delignification and deflection of structures.
  • Need to immediately repair roof seal through new flashing, valleys and pointing to prevent water entry and damage to fabric.
  • Need to re-seal interior and exterior surfaces with appropriate paint/treatments to prevent future deterioration of fabric.
  • Need to provide chemical termite barrier to prevent termite re-infestation.
  • Long term: Need to ensure any future services are sympathetically integrated.
  • Need to establish a cycle of maintenance and cleaning.
  • Need to establish cycle of termite management.
Medium term:
Long term:
  • Need to ensure any future services are sympathetically integrated.
  • Need to establish a cycle of maintenance and cleaning.
  • Need to establish cycle of termite management.

Facade

Immediate/ short term:
  • Need to improve presentation including cleaning, painting and planting native plants.
Medium term:
  • Restoration or reconstruct select features to enhance the street aspect and return it to as close as possible its original state.
Long term:
  • Need to ensure any future services or updated current services are have no impact on the façade.
  • Need to establish a cycle of maintenance and cleaning.

Generally intact rooms of the house (bedrooms, hallway, livingroom)

Immediate/ short term:
  • Restoration or reconstruct select features to enhance the aesthetic appearance and return it to as close as possible its original state.
Medium term:
  • Need to ensure any future services or updated current services are have no impact on rooms or if unavoidable are sympathetically integrated.
Long term:
  • Need to establish a cycle of maintenance and cleaning.

Previously unsympathetic renovated rooms (bathroom, kitchen, dinning room, laundry)

Immediate/ short term:
Medium term:
  • Restoration or reconstruct select features to enhance the street aspect and return it to as close as possible its original state.
  • Sympathetically renovate bathroom, laundry and kitchen to increase compatibility with current and future owner requirements.
  • Replace unsympathetic sliding door with more appropriate French Doors in ‘Art Deco’ proportions.
Long term:
  • Need to ensure any future services are sympathetically integrated.
  • Need to establish a cycle of maintenance and cleaning.

Rear courtyard

Immediate/ short term:
  • Need to improve presentation including cleaning, planting native plants and providing a hedge to form a visual screen from the adjoined commercial car park.
  • Need to improve presentation including cleaning, painting and planting native plants.
Medium term:
  • Removal of paint on brickwork to restore original finish.
Long term:
  • Need to ensure any future services are sympathetically integrated.
  • Need to establish a cycle of maintenance and cleaning.

Documentation

  • Continue to research and document the history of the land, the house and the people who resided in it. To enhance the historical record and deepen the historical understanding to give meaning to its heritage.
  • Document historical discoveries during work completed and processes used to restore and reconstruct.
  • Make documentation and research publicly available.