White is the color of choice both on the inside and the outside of the house with the shadows dancing across the blank canvas as the day passes. A large wooden deck is connected to the open living area and offers stunning views of the mesmerizing hills that surround the house and beyond.
The lot on which Cest La Vie sits is surrounded by tall trees giving those inside ample privacy while also offering a natural acoustic barrier. This cloak of green allows for the design of an open home where pavilion-style interiors flow into the fabulous courtyard the expansive pool deck and the rejuvenating Jacuzzi outside.
A neutral color palette is coupled with cedar and glass giving the interior a modern and harmonious appeal. Another fun addition inside the home is the net above the courtyard on the second floor that brings an air of playful relation even while doubling as an essential safety feature.
The cantilevered frame of the house allows it to float gently above the landscape with the bedrooms carefully hidden in the rear. Large glass windows and sweeping glass doors complete a relaxing retreat that pays fitting tribute to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s original creation.
The small Victorian house was in need of a contemporary upgrade and this came in the form of a breezy rear addition that now contains the new kitchen dining area storage space and bathroom. Relying on a neutral color scheme that is anchored in white and ample natural light the stylish extension flows into the small garden outside.
The changeover from the old to the new is stark and yet seamless with the stone walls slowly giving way to large glass walls and a timber structure. The preserved and enhanced original stone walls seem to transport you back in time even as the refurbished interior in white ushers in modern comfort and aesthetics.
Few cities in the world see as many home conversions and extensions as Melbourne. It is a sign of how most homeowners in Melbourne are looking for ways in which they can alter their existing classic home (be it Victorian Edwardian or even a Workers Cottage like one on display today) even while preserving its original street façade.