Jost Architects took a classic weatherboard cottage located in St Kilda with a council Heritage Overlay and removed the previous 1980s extension to the rear. The two front bedrooms and bathroom on the ground floor, being part of the original main area of the house, was retained.The planning restraints meant that careful consideration was given to how the upper level area of the addition sat within the streetscape. The internal planning was extremely important as there was no room to build further back to increase the internal area of the house without severe detriment to the very small rear yard. With this setback maintained, the internal planning was crucial to improve the functional layout and also fit in a stair to access the upper addition.
The existing rooms were refurbished retaining their original features and trims with new contemporary fixtures and fittings that are aesthetically appropriate.The interior finishes are selected to be honest to the raw textures and colours of the materials employed. The detail is careful and clean but controlled and practical. It was also very important to the client which delivered a combination of sensibility and functionality which won’t date.The result is a unique and subtle addition that compliments the existing heritage dwelling and a home that is enjoyable to live in.(Published with Bowerbird.io).