St Kilda East House
These double storey rear additions & alterations to an existing Federation-era house now comfortably house a family of four and two cats.
The existing period street frontage (comprising two bedrooms & living area) was retained, along with the entry verandah and internal hallway. Despite the interesting & robust appeal of the existing double-brick heritage envelope, we decided to pursue a much lighter, open plan, almost industrial aesthetic for the new rear addition.
A deciduous ficus tree along the back fence had to be protected & celebrated. With no rear ROW access, the backyard was land-locked. The retention of garden space along the side (now permeated with salvaged brick pavers) was important to facilitate the green thumb of at least one keen gardener.
New rear bi-fold doors connect a new open plan kitchen & dining area with a private leafy North facing courtyard. A flooding overlay required new floor levels to be raised, so large threshold landings were introduced to connect indoor & outdoor spaces.
New posistrut ceiling trusses were so beautiful that we decided to increase the volume of the space by expressing them.
Dark stained timber elements contrast a simple white palette provided by walls, cupboards and tiled splashbacks.
Polished concrete floors absorb & radiate winter sun.
The new upper level offers a parents’ retreat, with light filled master bedroom, ensuite & WIR. A family study overlooks the stair void encouraging connectivity with the open plan living spaces below.
Upper level additions carefully balance the ingress of light & air, enabling views while respecting adjacent neighbourhood privacy. Privacy screens are also solar screens which strategically cast shade in summer while welcoming sunlight during the cooler months.
Views of the back yard ficus are framed along with distant twilight views toward a sparkling city.