Classic meets new meets playful

Here, a 1980s addition was removed, the original Victorian house restored and a new two-storey addition added – all on a tight triangular site

Designed by Bryant Alsop Architects

From the renovating/new build architects:

This home was built in 1896 and had significant works done over the following century. 

The owners had enjoyed 25 years in the house prior to engaging Bryant Alsop.

With their children grown and the house to themselves, they looked to renovate and create a new home that they will enjoy with grandchildren in the years ahead. 

A 1980s addition was removed, the Victorian house restored and a new two-storey addition added on the tight triangular site.

The project sought to increase amenity and accommodation, improve natural light and outlook, and to create connection to garden spaces. 

It was important that the new built sit comfortably and sympathetically alongside the original Victorian building while retaining a contemporary character. 

It was apparent from early on that the design needed to capitalise on the beautiful green landscape on adjoining parkland and use ‘borrowed’ landscape to enhance the garden setting.

The aesthetic applied to the original home is more austere and reserved – Gum Grey is used externally to sit within local parkland foliage, and garden areas were enhanced and extended with the removal of a pool.

Two further courtyards connect to informal living spaces at the rear.

The new 2-storey addition is more playful and fun and responds both to the gabled roof forms of the original house, with shingled cladding picking up the native colours of surrounding vegetation. 

Three ‘attic’ style bedrooms on the upper level, look into treetops and nestle neatly behind the principal Victorian rooflines.

Internally, colour is used to work with the owner’s significant art collection. 

A deep green kitchen boldly sits centrally in plan, and speaks to a rich Blackbutt floor.

Yellow bathrooms, and deep blue walls offer bursts of colour across the house. 

It is a house not to be taken too seriously but reflects its owners and a life of collected objects and art.

Ground floor plan.
Ground floor plan.

Credit list

Renovating and new build architect
Mil Construction
Prue Gordon Design
COS Design/Bryant Alsop Architects

Designed by: Bryant Alsop Architects

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Jack Lovel

19 Jun, 2022

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