"The only exterior change we made was to move the main entrance to the side of the residence," says Kurt Deby. "Having the front door here allowed us to create a 12m-long entrance hallway into the central living spaces.
"The living and dining space is virtually a replica, but the bedrooms, an ensuite and a bathroom are newly configured. Most of these rooms are accessed off this hallway."
The exterior remained faithful to the residence that inspired it in other ways besides the facade. While the new house is built in breeze block and not brick, its walls are still finished in a patterned render similar to that found on the Melbourne residence.
The corrugated roof from the Melbourne house is also replicated. The veranda tiles on the new home, however, were chosen to the match the wall tones, whereas these are terracotta in the older house.
While the exterior is a near-exact re-creation of the original in scale and style, the interiors include several departures.
"We designed the interior ourselves to some extent to evoke the spirit of the original home," says Ann Deby. "The interior wasn't measured out to match, but elements such as the skirting boards and door panels are all faithful to the Victorian aesthetic.
"Essentially, we wanted the interior to have fewer rooms, and on a larger scale. We also wanted to ensure the finishes would be in keeping, but not fussy. For example, cornices are deep but simple in detail."