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The client came to us with a run down Victorian home, on a good size block, in a great location. They were looking to transform the small introspective home into a light filled modern home for their young family.
The front rooms in the existing house are to be reinstated to their original glory. As most of the original detailing had been removed a lot of research has been done to justify the period features we are using, for example weatherboards where removed to see where the original veranda and window frames sat.
The house will then open out the the rear with new and contemporary additions. Large windows maximise the access to natural light, contrasting the insular spaces of the existing home, and direct views out onto landscaped gardens and a wrap around feature pool.
Open tread timber stairs go up to the first floor that accommodates the master suite with bedroom, walk in robe and ensuite, the study and an outdoor room that is designed to make the most of views across to Williamstown Beach and the park lands.
Externally, the first floor overhands the ground floor and provides some shading to the ground floor windows when required. A feature timber fin screen is suspended from the first floor, making the first floor appear as though it is floating above the ground floor. It gives a lightness to the building and the increasing aperture between the timber fins creates dynamic shadowing as the sun tracks across the building over the course of the day.
These contemporary alterations and additions to a period home create a dynamic residence which is a comfortable family home. We have worked hard to both address the clients needs and the local council’s heritage requirements for the area.
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