Hove Road Rosebud – Interior Alterations

An interior renovation to a much loved coastal retreat in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula, the project involved reinvigorating the existing spaces of this 1990’s family home.
On the upper level a cooks kitchen, with ample storage and pantry spaces, in addition to a bar wrapped by timber veneer ‘brise soleil’ fins and shelving.
New stairs were added with an abundant under stair storage cupboards along with a revamped family bathroom with custom glazed tiles.

Photography by Jack Lovel – @

Styling by Design Orr (Rhinannon Orr + Mel Hasic) –

Built by Simon Coleman at Ecoast P/L – @ecoast_

Rennie Street Thornbury – Alterations + Additions

The project is an alteration and addition in the northern suburb of Thornbury.
The existing house built after World War One in the suburb’s pre-dominate Californian Bungalow style and is one of many distinct plans created by the State Savings Bank Scheme after World War One.
The project takes it’s cue from the form of the ‘lean-to’ common to homes of this era, in which  service rooms and open verandah spaces are located at the rear under a skillion roof addition  pitched down low and leant against an east west gable roof line.
The new ‘lean-to’ addition stretches across the block from western boundary to eastern access pathway allowing for a new articulated northern elevation punctuated by two twin ‘apertures’ that face the garden.
Rennie Street House is deliberately small addition that is confidential to both street and neighbourhood, yet a highly personalised alteration arranged with care for its inhabitants.

Photography by Jack Lovel –

Styling by Rhiannon Orr + Mel Hasic (Design Orr Build) –

Built by Nick Glen (NMG Building P/L) –

Dulux Colour Awards 2018 – Category Finalist

Cameron Street Coburg – Alteration + Addition

A two-storey alteration & addition to an interwar timber cottage for a family of three. The brief required the front three rooms to remain with a new two-storey addition to the rear.
A careful consideration of the existing east/west site and a train line to its rear meant a considered design strategy that allowed light to enter the interior spaces but remain private to its neighbours.
The upper floors reflect the planning constraints and are clad in Cemintel sheeting and carefully considered materials selection reflect the clients desire for a pared back low maintenance home. This project required some rather extensive value management to ensure the project came within budget. With an emphasis on longevity and low maintenance.

Photography by Jack Lovel –

Kitchen Joinery by Christian Cole Furniture –

Built by – Sustainable Homes Melbourne –

Glyndebourne Avenue Toorak – Heritage Alterations

in association with Jane Cameron Architects P/L –

2019 Houses Awards – Shortlisted – House in a Heritage Context

’Burley’ also known as  ’Salter House’, is a single storey family home designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin ca. 1922 for Stanley Salter.

The project is one of three remaining ‘Knitlock’ houses in Victoria.

The house sits embedded in an indigenous landscape of soft edges, boulder outcrops, and a natural pond.
Built using Griffin’s patented system known as ‘Knitlock’ a modular system of interlocking concrete masonry that was intended to be both aesthetic and cost effective.

The present owners bought the property in January 2018 with a view to its restoration.
The brief was to allow the house to reveal itself through its unique structure, materiality and context.
The response was to update the environmental and sustainable attributes of the original house through carefully considered internal and external interventions.
This was achieved by only doing what was necessary and retaining as much as possible of the Griffins’ intention.

Original Architects (1922) – Walter Burley Griffin + Marion Mahony Griffin

Photography by Jack Lovel –

Styling by Rhiannon Orr + Mel Hasic (Design Orr Build) –

Heritage Restoration & Building – Stuart McLean (Enviroline P/L) –

Stansell Street Kew – Restoration, Alteration + Addition

An alteration, addition + restoration of a 1918 Edwardian timber cottage. A new bathroom and powder room was inserted into the existing fabric of the house.
We were approached to complete a full interior and exterior renovation.
At the rear a L-shaped addition holds the new combined kitchen/dining/living rooms.
Finally, a deck and custom pergola frames + completes the addition.

Photography by Jack Lovel –

Styling by Beckie Littler –

Built + Restored by Nick Glen – NMG Building –

Herbert Street Northcote – Bathroom & Addition

An insertion into the living room of an Edwardian home. A single bathroom home with a punch of colour.

The issue of light is solved by creating an opaque fanlight of glass along the top of the new stud wall.

The client’s love of the colour Green is celebrated via tiles and the oversized external sliding door.

Built by Stuart McLean (Enviroline P/L) –

Photography by Sean Fennessey –

Norton Road Kallista – Alterations + Additions

An alteration + addition to an existing 1920’s timber cottage located in the hills to the north east of Melbourne, this project reorganises a series of mix matched alterations gained during its previous 60 years.

Clad in ‘black’ Shadowclad panels the addition answers the clients desire for ‘just a black box’ at the rear of their baby blue mountain cottage.

Orientation of the living/dining spaces and connecting them to a new expanded north-east facing deck, allows for connection to the landscape & adjacent garden.

A small ensuite of a new master bedroom suite is decorated with an ‘art wall’ of cleverly coloured tiles defining the space.

(In association with Brunswick-based architect Deb Kunda)

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