Projects

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

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

Built by Simon Coleman (Ecoast P/L)

“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.” –

Rosebud Clients


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-dominant ‘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.

Photography by Jack Lovel

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

Built by Nick Glen (NMG Building P/L)

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’ or window seats that face the garden.
Rennie Street House is a deliberately small addition that is confidential to both street and neighbourhood, yet a highly personalised alteration arranged with care for its inhabitants.

Shortlisted – Dulux Colour Awards (2018)


“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”

Catherine + Peter – Clients

Cameron Street Coburg

An Alteration + Addition to an Edwardian Cottage

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.

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/

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.



Glyndebourne Avenue Toorak –

A Heritage Renovation to an existing Walter Burley Griffin ‘Knitlock’ Cottage

’Burley’ also known as  ’The Salter House’, is a single storey family home designed by Walter Burley Griffin + 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.an emphasis on longevity and low maintenance.

Built using the Griffin’s patented system known as ‘Knitlock’ , a modular system of interlocking concrete masonry that was intended to be both aesthetic + cost effective. Our clients bought the property in January 2018 with a view to it’s careful restoration.




designed in association with Jane Cameron Architects P/L

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)


2019 Houses Awards – Shortlisted – House in a Heritage Context

The brief was to allow the house to reveal itself through its unique structure, materiality and context. Our response was to update the environmental and sustainable attributes of the original house through a carefully considered internal and external interventions. This was achieved by only doing what was necessary and retaining as much as possible of Walter + Marion’s intentions.



“Great vision, great communication, very easy to get along with, and most import for us Chris was able to provide us with a structure that allowed us to explore options without locking ourselves in to anything too early. I am very happy to recommend Architect Hewson.”

David + Julie – Clients

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 their 1918 Edwardian timber cottage. The existing living room became a new bathroom and powder room.

Photography by Jack Lovel

Styling by Beckie Littler

Built + Restored by Nick Glen – NMG Building

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.



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 + place for everything.


Built by Stuart McLean (Enviroline P/L)

Photography by Sean Fennessey

The result is a blue and green tinted jewel comprising of a new dining/kitchen addition and a small functional single bathroom inserted into the fabric of the existing lounge. We utilised the light that enters via the top fixed glazed panels that wrap around the bathroom walls.


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.

Completed in association with architect + artist Deb Kunda.

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.


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