Jessop says there is a clear transition between the old and the new. The old part of the house, which accommodates the bedrooms, bathrooms and a den, still features its original detailing, including leadlight windows, ceiling roses and board-and-batten ceilings. But these rooms have been updated with more modern interiors and colors by designer Sonya Cotter.
Because the site has a slight gradient, the new kitchen and family living areas at the rear are a few steps lower.
"These steps mark the transition between old and new," says the architect. "But while the floor is lower, the ceiling height remains, which gives the whole space a very light, airy look. In this part of the house the ceiling also follows the roofline, with a glazed gable at one end."
Skylights above the kitchen ensure the area is flooded with natural light as well.
To maximize the sun, Jessop created a semi-internal courtyard that can be accessed directly from the kitchen and family room.
"This outdoor room sits between the old and new parts of the house. It has a fireplace, barbecue facilities, outdoor heater and a louvered roof so it is both sheltered and sunny as required."
The kitchen adds a touch of drama to the extension, with black lacquered wall cabinets contrasted by a white island, white lower cabinets and a marble backsplash. To keep the look uncluttered, appliances are integrated where possible, and doors to the scullery and laundry are concealed within the cabinets. There is also a hidden wine cellar that is accessed through a trap door in the kitchen floor between the island and rear cabinets.