Kirsten Johnstone Architecture has completely transformed this elegant Victorian era residence.
The brief including the completion of the Sketch Design Stage and to undertake a protracted Heritage planning process to enable a reconstruction of the front Victorian era dwelling with modern rear addition. The full Architectural documentation of the residence included all aspects of interior design resulting in a cohesive celebration of modern design.
Dulux Colour Awards - Single Residential Exterior Finalist
Dulux Colour Awards - Single Residential Interior Finalist
What was the brief?
This 1890s home was in a very sad and unprepossessing state when the Clients sought our assistance. The original modest Victorian style home had been brutally usurped at some point into a poorly executed Californian Bungalow to the front and a rambling shambles of a 1970s addition to the rear! Truly, the Clients were brave to see beyond the obvious and seek to reinstate the Victorian era elegance.
In a nutshell, the brief was to do just that, renovate the existing and original home back to a Victorian style with a new modern rear addition to include a total of 4 bedrooms, three bathrooms plus powder room, study, formal sitting room, open plan living, tv room and cellar. A single storey solution was preferred for this project with a new triple car garage accessed from the rear laneway.
What were the key challenges?
As anyone with a property in a heritage overlay in Melbourne will tell you, the biggest challenge of the project was obtaining a Planning Permit for the Client's preferred design. This project was no different.
Council's Heritage Department requested several design modifications to make the house less authentic to its Victorian origins but an unexpected twist was the active neighbourhood heritage group seeking to overturn Council's modifications to ensure this Victorian was reconstructed more accurately! A happy result for the Clients and the neighbours - no mean feat in our experience.
During demolition, the original residence was stripped back to the very barest of bones, framing and chimneys only to allow for new restumping, relevelling, replastering, reflooring, reroofing.
Key products used:
Polished Concrete Slab with Hydronic In-slab heating
(Mentone Pre-Mix "Silvermist" concrete)
Jarrah decking to front
Royal Oak Floors Mink Grey floorboards
Royal Oak Floors Mink Grey timber floorboards to wall lining
Miele Kitchen Appliances including wall oven, speed oven, cooktop, dishwasher
Qasair Eastmore Builtin Rangehood
Liebherr Refrigerator and Freezer with Ice Maker
Hideaway Compact Bin with Hailo Kick and Go Pedal Opener
Franke Kubus Undermount Sinks
Gessi Pullout Spray Kitchen Sink Mixer
Franke Soap Dispenser
Zucchetti Pullout Spray Pantry Sink Mixer
Miele Semi-Integrated Dishwasher in Pantry
Blum Tandembox Intivo Drawer System
Oliveri Sonetto Undermount Laundry Sink
Zucchetti Pullout Spray Laundry Mixer
Victoria + Albert Barcelona 64 Vanity Basins to Ensuite 1
AstraWalker Icon Wall Tap Set
AstraWalker Icon Bathroom Fittings
Victoria + Albert Barcelona Bath to Ensuite 1
Villeroy + Boch Subway Wall Hung Toilet Pan with Grohe In-wall cistern and Cosmopolitan Skate Coverplate
Kaskade Freestanding Bath to Bathroom
Duravit Starck 3 Undercounter Vanity Basin to Bathroom
Hansgrohe Raindance Handshower
Caroma Liano Undercounter Vanity Basin to Ensuite 2
Victoria + Albert Barcelona 48 Vanity Basins to Powder
Jetmaster Universal 1050 Wood Fire
Bluestone slabs to Hearth
Inax Hosowari Border Random Ceramic Wall tiles above fire from Artedomus
100% Wool Escape Twist Colour Stomp from Supertuft
Stone Italiana Jaipur Colour Jasmine 2014 stone to Kitchen Island Benchtop
Stone Italiana Grain Colour Superwhite 2013 stone to Kitchen + Pantry Benchtops
Metropolis "Berlin Night' Porcelain Floor Tiles from Signorino to Ensuite 1
Timeless Marble 'Statuario White' 3x1m Porcelain Wall Tiles form Signorino to Ensuite 1
Floor tiles Code 81440-60 from Academy Tiles to Bathroom
Glazed Penny Rounds Mosaic Wall Tiles Code 82750 from Academy Tiles to Bathroom
Blue India Wall Tiles from Signorino Tiles to Powder room
Dulux Whisper White Paint Finish to Walls, Ceilings, Doors, Trims + Joinery
Dulux 'Domino' Paint Finish to Joinery
Daniel Liebskind 'Denver' Lever Handles by Bellevue Architectural
Alspec 400 Series Commercial Aluminium Black Window Frames, and sliding doors