Extension and renovation — inner-city chic

Our client owned a single-storey Victorian terrace house in Fitzroy North. A couple with no children, they love entertaining. The small house needed a serious makeover and extension to fit in with their lifestyle and space requirements.

The brief

  • Thoroughly modernise the dwelling
  • Frequent entertaining lifestyle
  • Extend upwards to increase floor area
  • Blend indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Improve natural light use: south-facing rear

The result

The entire home is redesigned with modern fixtures, fittings, finishes and colour schemes. New large-format windows open the extended lounge area to the rear, small, Japanese-inspired courtyard. High clerestory windows flood the formerly dark south-facing rear living spaces with natural light.

A new kitchen and dining area exudes warm and contemporary confidence. An open, “suspended” staircase to the new first floor creates interest without encroaching on visual space.

Upstairs, a generous master bedroom includes a walk-in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom, and a secluded, north-facing balcony for private reflection.