Modest from the street, this reworking of an existing California Bungalow in the middle north of Melbourne has remade a family house to create light-filled and connected living spaces.
The original house, with no heritage protection, is treated carefully and with respect. An original weatherboard extension with poor ceiling heights and layout is removed. In contrast to the original, the new work is solid brick, and constantly opening up to a series of outdoor spaces. The extension creates a series of courtyards, making the most of the whole site. The design focuses on expressing material quality over form – exposed brickwork in two types ‘keys’ together inside and out. The house is defined by a series of tall double brick walls with timber infill between. A flat roof houses solar panels and allows for future adaptability.
Rachel Ang, Graduate of Architecture and Documentation