The original detached brick house was in serious disrepair with little maintenance nor modification since the ‘50’s. One could not even see the north facing outdoor space from the interior spaces. Calling it a garden would be generous. But, it had the right combination of qualities; detached, great aspect, close to family, close to public transport; a diamond in the rough.
The lean-to rear section was in such a poor state (including a brittle asbestos roof), It was an easy decision to remove it thereby opening up the living spaces to the garden whilst retaining as much space as possible.

The client’s previous residence was set on a 1 acre allotment, so retaining a sense of space was important.

Conceptually, we strived to take elements from the inside to the outdoor entertaining and vice versa. The exposed internal beams run out to become rafters of the pergola. The large entertaining area matches the interior spatially and is bounded by the main bedroom creating an elevated courtyard effect.

Whilst essentially open plan living, there are many nooks that reveal themselves as you move around the spaces. Doors to main bedroom and laundry are recessed and essentially hidden from view. Warm Victorian hardwoods were chosen to create a sense of honesty and provenance. The connection between new and old is distinguishable by the floor boards, however due to the condition of floors, the alignment alters create a sense of overlap.

Salvaged and recycled materials have been used throughout the house including flooring, lining and original brick and some of the fixtures and fittings. Materials to the new are used as a contemporary interpretation of the old.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Flat RoofLine, Brick Siding Material, and Small Home Building Type. New entry with easy access for all Photo  of Preston 1

New entry with easy access for all

Modern home with Bedroom, Bench, Chair, Accent Lighting, Pendant Lighting, and Carpet Floor. A small nook in the bedroom provides a quiet desk space overlooking the rear garden Photo 2 of Preston 1

A small nook in the bedroom provides a quiet desk space overlooking the rear garden

Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Shelves, Rug Floor, Chair, Track Lighting, Pendant Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. Living room with low built in units maximises sense of height to new living space, while shelves provide ample spaces to display client's wonderful collection of African artefacts  Photo 3 of Preston 1

Living room with low built in units maximises sense of height to new living space, while shelves provide ample spaces to display client's wonderful collection of African artefacts

Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Light Hardwood Floor, Rug Floor, and Stools. Treasures from Africa collected on new display spaces  Photo 4 of Preston 1

Treasures from Africa collected on new display spaces

Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, Track Lighting, Cooktops, Refrigerator, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Light Hardwood Floor, Subway Tile Backsplashe, and White Cabinet. Existing brick wall is reinstated with recycled brick and opened to form connection between kitchen and  living  Photo 5 of Preston 1

Existing brick wall is reinstated with recycled brick and opened to form connection between kitchen and living

Modern home with Bath Room, Ceramic Tile Wall, Subway Tile Wall, Carpet Floor, Open Shower, Porcelain Tile Floor, Vessel Sink, Wall Lighting, and Engineered Quartz Counter. Simple bathroom and robes with white cupboards and tiling allow light to permeate through the internalised space  Photo 6 of Preston 1

Simple bathroom and robes with white cupboards and tiling allow light to permeate through the internalised space

Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, Accent Lighting, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Ceiling Lighting, Drop In Sink, Light Hardwood Floor, Microwave, Brick Backsplashe, White Cabinet, and Cooktops. Galley kitchen with existing brick wall celebrating original fabric of the house.  Photo 7 of Preston 1

Galley kitchen with existing brick wall celebrating original fabric of the house.

Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Wall Lighting, Storage, and Light Hardwood Floor. A recessed sitting area forms ante spaces to bedrooms behind and provides quiet respite and more display space. Walls lined in groove timber to add character and texture  Photo 8 of Preston 1

A recessed sitting area forms ante spaces to bedrooms behind and provides quiet respite and more display space. Walls lined in groove timber to add character and texture

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Walkways, Retaining Fences, Wall, Landscape Lighting, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Fences, Wall, Gardens, Raised Planters, Shrubs, Grass, Planters Patio, Porch, Deck, and Garden. External deck frame with brick that contains the exterior space while cascading into the garden. Timber deck grades at ramps to ease access and timber pergola provides valuable shade structure in summer months.  Photo 9 of Preston 1

External deck frame with brick that contains the exterior space while cascading into the garden. Timber deck grades at ramps to ease access and timber pergola provides valuable shade structure in summer months.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Flowers, Landscape Lighting, Raised Planters, and Decking Patio, Porch, Deck. Interior ceiling beams continue externally to give sense of extended living spaces inside to outside. Timber battens to cement sheet add texture to the exterior light weight walls  Photo 10 of Preston 1

Interior ceiling beams continue externally to give sense of extended living spaces inside to outside. Timber battens to cement sheet add texture to the exterior light weight walls

Modern home with Bedroom, Storage, Carpet Floor, Pendant Lighting, Accent Lighting, and Chair. V-grooved timbers lining boards add texture and warmth to bedroom with solid timber bedhead and side table accents of warmth frame the white of the bedding.  Photo 11 of Preston 1

V-grooved timbers lining boards add texture and warmth to bedroom with solid timber bedhead and side table accents of warmth frame the white of the bedding.

Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, Brick Backsplashe, Dishwasher, White Cabinet, and Cooktops. The clean line of Caesarstone bench contracts with the exposed textured brickwork of the original building fabric , now a feature of the kitchen   Photo 12 of Preston 1

The clean line of Caesarstone bench contracts with the exposed textured brickwork of the original building fabric , now a feature of the kitchen

Modern home with Living Room, Storage, Chair, Bench, Shelves, Ceiling Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, Accent Lighting, Rug Floor, and Pendant Lighting. Expressed ceiling beams and wide sliding doors extend the living space to the exterior.  Photo 13 of Preston 1

Expressed ceiling beams and wide sliding doors extend the living space to the exterior.

Modern home with Light Hardwood Floor. Texture of existing brick to the kitchen and v-grooved timber lining to the entry provide warmth with fresh white maximises light throughout.  Photo 14 of Preston 1

Texture of existing brick to the kitchen and v-grooved timber lining to the entry provide warmth with fresh white maximises light throughout.

Modern home with Light Hardwood Floor, Pendant Lighting, Chair, and Accent Lighting. Floor boards and wall colours extend from the existing house to the renovation , proving continuity from old to new. Original family dining table and chairs feature in the dining room with the brick of the original fireplace exposed .  Photo 15 of Preston 1

Floor boards and wall colours extend from the existing house to the renovation , proving continuity from old to new. Original family dining table and chairs feature in the dining room with the brick of the original fireplace exposed .

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