In times gone by, an addition to an historic home might have painstakingly matched the old with the new. Today, such renovations often take a very different route, consciously creating a dramatic contrast in styles.
The owners of this 1900s-era house had walked past architect Nicholas Murray's own reworked home and admired the results. In due course, they approached him to expand their house in a similar way.
The request was for an expansive addition to the rear of their brick house. This was to include new open-plan living spaces at ground level and a master suite upstairs. They also wanted a new carport and a lift this was to help future proof the residence, says Murray.
"Our first move was to add a traditional veranda, sourced locally, to the left side of the house. To make the entry more prominent, we pushed out the front door and bluestone sill. Further down the facade, a bay window was added to the study.
"On the other side of the house we put in a modern cantilevered carport in structural steel that appears to just touch the red brickwork, creating a contrast between the two structures."
With the new living spaces and master suite pushed to the rear, the existing interiors were reshuffled. The original kitchen is now a study, the living room has become an informal lounge, and the former master bedroom is now a guest bedroom. A glass-fronted lift was installed behind the contemporary carport.
Much as the carport appears to just touch the facade, the extension also seems to stand close, but just apart from the brick structure. A soaring double-height void where the two meet emphasises the transition between old and new. Outside, a pool offers another visual divide, where the two structures diverge on this side of the house.
Past the void, the new open-plan space includes the brick rear wall of the original home as part of its internal fabric. An existing window in the facade was retained, and backed in mirror the reflection gives the illusion of looking out to the trees, says Murray.