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.
Transforming a home with a modern rear extension is definitely a hot trend that simply refuses to slow down. Not only does it give an old structure a new lease of life with simple refurbishment and a snazzy addition but also cuts down significantly on construction costs.
Décor is kept simple and modern with the concrete floor and the brick walls offering surfaces that are kid-proof and easy to clean. It is the top level that contains additional bedrooms along with a small home office as the careful blend of the modern and the classic is elegantly replicated here as well.
The house is divided into two zones with the lower level containing the living area kitchen and dining and the top level holding the private spaces. A space-savvy floating wood and steel staircase connects both the levels even as a large central courtyard becomes the heart of the social zone.
Life at this dreamy dwelling is all about self-sustenance with four wood-burning stoves powering the heating needs of the entire house. Wood sourced from the landscape around the house is used here even as an array of photovoltaic panels brings solar energy to this British home. Timeless and yet adapting to changing times this is a makeover that weaves together past present and future!
On the inside décor is simple and elegant with a few mid-century modern icons like the Eames lounger making their presence felt. An accent wooden wall and the kitchen island usher in woodsy warmth even as the backdrop with herringbone pattern tile adds subtle pattern to the setting.
Today we delve into the childhood home of Stephen Kavanagh in and take a look at a rear extension that is inviting contemporary and filled with plenty of natural light. The extension brings natural ventilation into an old terraced house and acts as a semi-open interface between the main house and the large garden outside.