Idyllically set among Victoria’s coastal bushland on the Mornington Peninsula, this was a replacement building for a fiberglass shack that has grown into a permanent residence and a holiday house for extended family.
The site is situated well back on the block with the living area 12m from the front boundary. A large stone wall creates a visual barrier between the main road - allowing the client to interact with the outside and enjoy blissful privacy.
The main part of house celebrates the space with high ceilings and large windows that bathe the main living room and the client’s own retreated bedroom in natural light. We created a separate unit upstairs for the kid’s to isolate and entertain themselves that is fully fitted out to suit their needs.
The simplistic vibe was achieved by using pale timber veneer, white cabinetry and lime washed floorboards in ‘Kilimanjaro Hand-Scraped Oak’. The floors have the added bonus of disguising sandy footprints creating an elegant yet practical solution.
The main living space includes a generous open-plan kitchen that is centrally positioned to take in surrounding views, and a lounge perfect for entertaining. We wanted to enhance the experience of the idyllic surrounds and optimise the setting without competing with the view, instead blending in subtle finishes and timber elements. After identifying that the owners are keen cooks we included a butler’s pantry which doubles up as a prep area, allowing for a striking central island bench to become a social hub when entertaining. We used lots of squared edges elsewhere in the room, adding a curved cantilever section at the end - helping to soften the sharp angles and create balance.
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The brief was to create a functional modern residence for a young professional couple while respecting and retaining the charm of their existing 260 sqm Victoria weatherboard cottage. Demolition of rear lean-to rooms and incorporation of existing studio on the near boundary were also required.
The design incorporates a traditional timber house with modern additions that are emphasised through timber cuboid forms (stomp boxes) both internally and externally. Bringing the courtyard forward on the site draws north light into the heart of the home, making it a focal point for the house.
The simple white palette is warmed and balanced with the extensive use of recycled messmate timber. The timber acts acts as a statement making everything else is secondary, from the neutral concrete floor tiles to the island workbench which is contrary to most kitchen designs. The timber is perfectly displayed by quirky yet practical ensuite and panty box rooms.
The result is an airy, light filled house, with the charm of the old and practicality of the contemporary, while enabling the quirky style of owners to shine through.
BDAV’s 2013 Building Design Awards:
Residential Design - Alterations and Additions $200K-$500k Construction Cost
A 175m square meter two story modern home that has been squeezed onto a subdivided block in Yarraville; Melbourne's Inner West. The block is sandwiched between a railway line and houses.
A bright yellow door - defines the entry and sets the tone for a series of citrus pops throughout the house. We wanted to create a blank canvas with a good mix of materials, textures and basic colours which would allow for what the owners had collected over the years to pop out.
With such a tight site, we decided to flip the house upside down devoting the upper level to an open plan living, dining and kitchen area.
We made use of recycled timber throughout the open living upstairs which brings warmth and texture to the space. The timber has a dual advantage of hiding cupboards, which with a small brief it is important to use space wisely.
We managed to squeeze a small terrace area on the upper level. The screening panels, while blocking out the trains, are positioned at a height where the owners can look up and see plenty of sky.