Collection by Sarah Akkoush

Just Redo It: A Home Near Melbourne Takes Another Stab at a Dated '80s Addition


A renovation navigates tough zoning, netting a small home some extra space.

In Malvern, a suburb of Melbourne, a couple ventured to expand their modest-sized home, undoing a dated 1980s addition in the process. The immediate challenge of the project was that the home had been designated with a Heritage B grade, despite a lack of discernible architectural detail or historical character. This protection meant that any alteration or addition had to be at the rear of the structure, largely invisible from the street. Together with the client, Melbourne-based firm Jost Architects conceptualized a design that would comply with heritage requirements, add square footage, and meet the many functional needs of the residents. Before the team could proceed with their programmatic plan for the new space, an old addition had to be removed. With a final net gain of about 500 square feet, the home got more space, along with a much-needed improvement in layout and functionality.

From the start of the project, a tangible connection to the rear garden was at the top of the clients’ wish list.
The white cement front facade was left unchanged due to heritage restrictions.
Upon entering, there is an uninterrupted line of sight to the lush backyard.
An internal courtyard punctuates the main floor and adds a practical source of light and air.
The streamlined kitchen features Miele cooktop, Sirius hood, Siemens oven, and Fisher & Paykel refrigerator.
The new, enlarged master bedroom is positioned where the old dining room once was.
The new master bathroom features matte-black quartz countertops, a Cube sink, and a Scala wall-mount faucet.
The dramatic rear elevation showcases the open-plan living and dining room.
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