Reinterpreting the existing architectural integrity

Consistency in detailing unites the existing and the new


Mount Hawthorn 2 - 2014 M.B.A. winner $300,000 to $400,000

By Modern Home Improvers on 21 January 2019



Working with a 1930's California Bungalow requires a certain kind of balance - respecting the existing architectural integrity and reinterpreting its defining features, while keeping a sense of seamlessness between the old and the new both inside and out.

Lightness is imbued to the front facade by rendering the face brickwork and painting the external walls a light shade of grey. Roof lines are modified to feature more period-correct timber battening, and painted roof tiles are replaced by Zincalume sheets which complement the chosen colour palette.

Internally, the existing front bedroom is converted into a master suite with walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom. The kitchen and dining room are reconfigured into an additional bedroom, and the remaining space forms a central hallway that links the existing and the new.


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The dark, compartmentalised spaces are transformed into a light and airy contemporary living space featuring a modern kitchen and open living and dining area. Tall timber windows and bi-fold doors allow a vast amount of natural light to illuminate the main living area which flows seamlessly onto an open, decked alfresco.

Consistency in detailing unites the existing and the new - matching rich Jarrah floorboards with white-painted timber joinery, high ceilings with ornate cornices, and neutral colours. This all works together to create a sense of harmony in this award-winning home.

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