When re-framing your lifestyle, a new architectural language soon follows. Sometimes it’s adding or subtracting furniture, other times it’s adding and altering the architecture of the home itself. In the case of this particular home owner, the existing outdated one bedroom Victorian terrace house in Australia needed to become larger and brighter in preparation for a modern family life. Located in one of Melbourne’s suburbs named Elsternwick, this formerly crowded Victorian home became bright, comfortable and contemporary thanks to local studio Sketch Building Design.

In order to accommodate a young family, the design had to include alterations and additions that increased the living area, as well as added a second story serving as private spaces. The Elsternwick addition now features two bedrooms on the second level and a fabulous way of enjoying the backyard through folding glass doors. Taking advantage of natural light to illuminate even the darkest corners of this new elegant home, designers also restored the facade and opened the house out to the small backyard.

The project required a full town planning permit, including heritage assessment. The design brief was to create a large open plan living zone, with the entire upper level to be a parents’ retreat. The client placed a large emphasis on maximising the amount of natural light and space. This was successfully achieved through the creation of an architectural form that challenges conventional renovation design. The distinctive and clean built form, coupled with elegant interiors provides a striking contemporary addition that is in harmony with the original Victorian terrace.”

The limited 149 square meters ensured the new architectural extension would only go up and thus offered the family a bright and cheery three bedroom family home.