Victorian house

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Project • By John Lum ArchitectureHousing

23rd Street

Our client, a developer, challenged us to maximize the potential of this dilapidated Victorian house while avoiding any Neighborhood Notification process.  We managed to grow this house from a modest 1,800 SF to 3,400 SF by converting the attic into a habitable floor (using dormers and dropping the main level’s ceiling heights) and excavating down, to create another full living floor.  The main floor of the house was reorganized into an expansive open plan with formal living room, dining room, and great room opening onto a level backyard.  Two bedroom suites up, and two bedrooms suites with adjacent family room down, allow for maximum flexibility for the future family of this modern residence.  The front facade, ba... More

Project • By Adjaye AssociatesPrivate Houses

Mole House

Mole House is a three-storey live-work space in the heart of Hackney, designed as a single-family dwelling for contemporary artist Sue Webster. The project came together as an exercise in excavation and retention, with Webster’s vision for the new home being strongly tied to the history and fabric of the original building. The detached Victorian house was left vacant and derelict after a 40-year long tenancy, held by a resident locally referred to as the Hackney Mole Man.   Known for having spent years burrowing a network of tunnels beneath the property, his decades of organic digging yielded a subterranean system of multi-directional passageways. With the quarrying having seriously compromised structural integrity, the house w... More

Project • By Douglas & CompanyPrivate Houses

Arklow Villa III

ARKLOW VILLA III ALTERATIONS AND ADDITIONS TO 120 YEAR OLD VICTORIAN HOUSE IN CAPE TOWN Alterations and additions to a 120 year old Victorian semi-detached home in Green Point, Cape Town completely transformed the existing single storey cottage. The property suffered from a lack of maintenance and careless additions and patch-ups that took place over time. This led to the reconstruction and remodeling of the roof and rear elevation to give the house a much needed new lease of life.   The house historically formed part of a series of 3 identical cottages called Arklow I-III. From the front, the semi-detached house appears almost unchanged, except for the addition of two new dormer windows punctuating the roof plane. The existing stoep... More

Project • By Rider Stirland ArchitectsPrivate Houses

Zinc Loft Conversion

“Every morning we continue to be amazed by the design of this loft suite Alex. It really is a special place & we are so happy with it! Thank you – you have done a superb job & made it possible for us to live (in style) in our much loved house as a family of 4!” Hannah and Benjy Our client’s objective was to add a new master suite to their two-bedroom Victorian house. The property is sited at the junction between two terraces with a triangular geometry which is duly expressed through the building footprint and roof-scape. The house has a narrow footprint which means the original loft space was limited in height and volume. To convert the loft, we raised the ridge and lowered the floor, gaining enough headro... More

Project • By Oliver Leech ArchitectsPrivate Houses

Vestry Road

"Young architecture studio uses exposed brickwork, timber and concrete to create a light-filled extension to Victorian terraced house in Camberwell." Oliver Leech Architects has transformed a Victorian house in Camberwell with a radical remodel and ground floor side and rear extensions, using a palette of raw, natural materials. The two-storey house was in poor condition, with little natural light and cramped kitchen, so the architecture studio, based in Wandsworth, were given the task of re-designing the house to provide new cooking and eating spaces that face out onto the garden. The young client, an Advertising Executive, expressed his desire to maximise open-plan living with a focus on height and light to provide more usable space an... More

Project • By Kuzman ArchitecturePrivate Houses

Lucky House

We were approached by the owners of Lucky House in Williamstown to transform this double fronted Victorian house into a welcoming and expansive home for their growing family. The project included the restoration of the original heritage home and the addition of a new living wing that drew upon the clients love of mid century design. Connecting and blurring the boundaries between old and new, and inside and outside was essential in creating a perfect backdrop for this modern family.   What was the brief?The brief for this project was to bring in more natural light, make the communal spaces more liveable and connected, create a strong relationship between the house and garden, provide an environmentally responsive home, maintain the h... More

Project • By McLaren.ExcellPrivate Houses

Kew House

Kew House involved the complete re-structuring of a Victorian house and former stable yard in Richmond and the building of a rear extension, comprising of two chamfered forms nestling together.   Externally, the extension sits in contrast to the painted-out rear façade of the original house standing proud and distinct, with walls of pale and pitted masonry bedded down on lime mortar applied roughly and heavily brushed across the brick face.   The simplicity of the exterior belies the complexity of concealed structures, interlocking pitched roofs and wedge shaped walls – all neatly resolved without compromising the purity of form. The faceted exterior is accentuated by tapering window and door reveals – their... More

Project • By b.e architecturePrivate Houses

St Vincents Place Residence

As a modern renaissance home, the St Vincents Place Residence is a new archetype developed through a reinterpretation of classical references with a modern sensibility. The client, as a patron, put his belief in architecture, artists and artisans to create a nourishing environment that goes beyond surface treatments by inscribing contemplative experiences into the physical form. Caption The new extension is a cultural bridge between historical significance and modern progress positioned behind a heritage façade. By embracing the consideration of time, the design response examines the pinnacles of architecture and design throughout history. It recreates original elements that extract and expand upon qualities of substance, inspi... More

Project • By Surman Weston LtdPrivate Houses

Mayow Road House

Surman Weston have completed the restoration and extension of a 330sqm Victorian house in the London suburb of Sydenham.As well a rear extension, the project reconfigures the circulation, sensitively introducing a new staircase and enfilade doors between rooms to transform the formerly cellular layout into a free flowing, more sociable house.The project sort to subtly delineate the old from the new, blurring the boundaries between the existing house and what was introduced. The new staircase, connecting the upper and lower ground floors to the basement, references the scale and rhythm of the retained Victorian staircase to the upper floors. Several bespoke element were designed and made especially for the project including chandelier light... More

Project • By Office S&MPrivate Houses

Valetta House

A family with four young girls, commissioned Office S&M to refurbish and extend their home in order to create more living space, so that each child had their own space in the house. The narrow existing plan meant we had to be creative with the space. By removing some walls, opening up internal windows, and using light wells, we have been able to bringlight deeper into the spaces. We created a “child-friendly” home in the broadest sense of the word, adding curves to thewalls, a playful snakes-and-ladders bannister running through the house, and an archedwindow for each child. Meanwhile, adults are treated to a rich variety of materials, fromencaustic floor slabs and glazed herringbone tiles, to spherical marble handrail ends and softceda... More

Project • By Lucy Clemenger ArchitectsPrivate Houses

Victoria Gardens House

A renovation and extension to a double fronted 1880s Victorian house sited adjacent to the historic Victoria Gardens in Prahran.Questions and AnswersWhat was the brief?The brief was to create a contemporary home for a family of four that embraced the verdant park landscape at the rear of the site.What were the key challenges?The original house was in dire condition and required significant work.A key challenge was how to provide privacy to the residents from the public domain, and at the same time enable a dialogue between the architecture, the natural surrounds and passers-by.A further challenge was how to satisfy the requirements of a young family and conceal the clutter of everyday living.What were the solutions?The Victorian façade and... More

Project • By Inter Urban StudiosPrivate Houses

Fin House

"...your beautiful architecture is great therapy!"  -Happy Client This Victorian house side return extension uses a series of angled bronze-plated fins to create privacy and drama to what would otherwise be a standard layout.   Iridescent bricks and polished concrete floors are paired with white walls and Italian lighting design to create a refined composition that is a thorough re-imagining of the terraced house. The extension as sculpture. More

Project • By LSA ArchitectsPrivate Houses

Prahran Residence

Light and space were the main design brief and the key design elements of the home, these fundamentals have been incorporated into every aspect of the internal and external design . The southern orientation of the rear private open space and the smaller windows and dark colours of the original Victorian home created an opportunity to brighten, lighten and enhance a beautifully detailed grand Victorian house. Sight lines were introduced to capture the views of the pool and garden from the key areas of the home. The clerestory windows were introduced to draw light into the rear of the house from the northern, front of the building.   The soaring ceiling height introduces an incredible sense of space, light and scale to the residence. A sense... More

Project • By Pitch Achitecture + DesignPrivate Houses

Lantern House

The Lantern House extension is a project to re-energise the rear of a double storey Victorian house located in Melbourne’s quiet inner city suburbia. The extension replaced the original oversized alfresco with a traditional roofline design with an inviting and high functioning indoor and outdoor space that blends seamlessly into the main house and garden. The kitchen area was extended to create a new indoor dining space complete with a gas fireplace, which in turn flows into a reimagined outdoor lounge and kitchen area with a built-in BBQ, perfect for entertaining.   The extension is built along the northern boundary of the site, a position that receives limited direct sunlight. To invite more natural light into the extension, a section of... More

Project • By Rider Stirland ArchitectsPrivate Houses

Victorian Semi House Extension

Client ObjectivesOur clients bought this large Victorian house looking to make it their long term family home. They wanted to invest in the property to make an improvement to their quality and enjoyment of life. Key to their brief was to extend to the rear to form a new open-plan kitchen, living and dining room. The original kitchen-diner was incredibly cold for six months of the year (to the point of being uninhabitable!), so options for improving thermal performance and heating systems were also to be explored. Description of the Works At ground floor level, a large rear extension projects back to form a flexible new room for dining, entertaining, and general family life. The new space is open to the reconfigured kitchen so that there i... More