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Mornington Pennisula – Rosebud –

An interior Renovation

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 – @ jacklovel.com

Styling by Design Orr (Rhinannon Orr + Mel Hasic) – @designorrbuild.com

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

“Everyone comments on how much they love the “make over” and what great taste I have! I have to give the credit for that to Christopher. Even though I studied architecture, it was so much easier and less stressful to leave it to Christopher who listened to our brief and made the decisions necessary to achieve it.”


Rennie Street Thornbury –

Alteration + Addition to an Inter-War Bungalow

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 – www.jacklovel.com

Styling by Rhiannon Orr + Mel Hasic (Design Orr Build) – http://www.designorrbuild.com.au/

Built by Nick Glen (NMG Building P/L) – https://nmgbuilding.com.au/


“Without his expertise, I think we would still be wading through the paperwork and permitting process, and trying to decide what colour to paint the walls, instead of turning our ugly duckling into a beautiful swan following the plan he created with us”

Cameron Street Coburg

An Alteration + Addition to an Edwardian Cottage

IA 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 – www.jacklovel.com

Kitchen Joinery by Christian Cole Furniture – https://www.christiancolefurniture.com.au/

Built by – Sustainable Homes Melbourne – https://sustainablehomesmelbourne.com.au/



Glyndebourne Avenue Toorak – A Heritage Renovation to an Existing Burley Griffin ‘Knitlock’ Cottage

’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.

in association with Jane Cameron Architects P/L – https://janecameronarchitects.com/

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

Photography by Jack Lovel – https://www.jacklovel.com/

Styling by Rhiannon Orr + Mel Hasic (Design Orr Build) – http://www.designorrbuild.com.au/

Heritage Restoration & Building – Stuart McLean (Enviroline P/L) – http://www.enviroline.com.au/HOME.html


2019 Houses Awards – Shortlisted – House in a Heritage Context



Stansell Street Kew – An Alteration + Addition to an Existing Edwardian Cottage

We were approached to complete a full interior and exterior renovation to our client’s home of more than 25 years. The project became an alteration, addition and restoration of the 1918 Edwardian timber cottage. The existing living room became a new bathroom and powder room. The remaining two bedrooms were updated increasing insulation and sustainability.
A simple rear L-shaped addition contains the new combined kitchen/dining/living rooms.
Finally, a deck and custom pergola utilising the demolished timber from the house frames + completes the addition.

Photography by Jack Lovel – https://www.jacklovel.com/

Styling by Beckie Littler – https://www.beckielittler.com/

Built + Restored by Nick Glen – NMG Building – https://nmgbuilding.com.au/



Herbert Street Northcote – Bathroom & Addition

Herbert Street Northcote – An Alteration + Addition to an Edwardian Terrace

Our clients have loved living in the inner suburb of Northcote for many years. It was time to revamp the interiors and remove the 1980’s addition. The brief called for a small addition, with a tight budget and a space for everything. The result is a blue and green tinted jewel comprising of a new dining/kitchen addition and a small functional bathroom inserted into the fabric of the existing lounge room that utilises the light that enters via the fixed glazed panels that wrap around the bathroom walls.


Built by Stuart McLean (Enviroline P/L) –
http://www.enviroline.com.au/HOME.html

Photography by Sean Fennessey – https://www.seanfennessy.com.au/


Norton Road Kallista – Mount Dandenong – Alterations to an Existing Timber Weatherboard Country Cottage

After an escape from inner-city life our clients bought this baby blue timber cottage with the view to modernising its interior and added a north facing deck and pergola to increase their outdoor space. We re-organised a series of mix matched alterations during its previous 60 years. Externally, we clad the addition in Shadowclad paneling painted in Dulux ‘Domino’ answering the brief from our clients for a ‘simple black box’ to compliment their baby blue cottage. The main bathroom is decorated in an ‘artwall’ of cleverly and considered coloured tiles with define the space. Finally, we re-orientated the living/dining spaces to connect to an expanded deck connecting to the adjacent garden + landscape.

Completed in association with architect + artist Deb Kunda.


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