Set within picturesque Middle Park, this existing double-fronted weatherboard was transformed into a 2-story, 4-bedroom family home. The project is a series of complementary contrasts. The delicate light detail of the retained heritage façade against the contemporary colorbond and light face brickwork to the new extension. The original ornate features and high ceilings of the retained bedrooms against the private textured-orientated first-floor master bedroom suite; and the lightness and texture of the living zone against the dark timbers and feature bulkheads in the kitchen.
The hub of this home is very much the living/kitchen space. Set down from the existing house level to maximize volume while staying within the heritage overlay height limitation, with access passing by the feature cantilevered stair, space is surrounded by natural light and connection to the outside through a series of courtyards and skylights. With a brief for there to be no dining table, the central cantilevered island becomes the gathering place – from breakfast with the kids, to coffee with friends.
The kitchen is a series of fingerprint-proof black and white laminated joinery, with concrete benchtops and feature brass detailing. Appliances and storage are concealed, with the central preparation space located directly under the feature skylight, flooding natural light into the heart of the home. The reflective splashback ensures connectivity is maintained at all times to the living, dining and study area within this family’s forever home.
Photography by Tom Blachford