Not Just Another Box: Modern Extension and Makeover of Heritage Melbourne Home

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Not every home makeover and extension needs to be the same – that is the message that we are increasingly getting from architects across the world. The idea of giving the old, dreary residence a new lease of life with a makeover that involves a stoic box in the rear section that opens up to the garden is all too common. But the York St. House designed by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects in St. Kilda, Melbourne takes an entirely different approach as it combines inspiration from the original heritage home with contemporary design to offer the best of both worlds.

Custom rear exterior with hit-miss brickwork gives the house a unique appeal

The bringing together of two contrasts is amazing as concrete, wood and hit-miss brickwork shape much of its new interior. The addition of the hit-miss brickwork gives the home an entirely new direction and also offers a better flow of light indoors. The new living area, kitchen, dining space and study sit on different levels and it is this delineation of spaces without using walls that makes them so very captivating. Color scheme inside the house is neutral and smart and a dashing staircase in wood and metal is the central piece around which the floor plan has been organized. [Photography: Derek Swalwell]

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Beautiful modern rear extension of heritage home in St.Kilda
Gorgeous and relaxing bedroom in gray and white
Modern interior in gray and black filled with ample natural light
Revitalized new interior of York St. House in Melbourne
Wood and metal sculptural staircase defines the placement of spaces inside the extension

The design response takes the existing plan of compartmentalized spaces, particular to the heritage vernacular, and teases them apart to create spatial definition and articulation while optimizing the capture of natural light and cross-flow ventilation. Yet it also moves beyond the singular open-plan kitchen living response…

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Brick, wood and plenty of black shape the stylish kitchen
Concrete, wood and hit-miss brickwork steal the show inside the house
Dashing contemporary kitchen of the house in black is a showstopper
Design plan of York St. House in St. Kilda, Melbourne
Ground level floor plan of York St. House in Melbourne

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