A site-sensitive renovation expands a heritage Melbourne home while preserving its original charm.

The addition is clad in timber boards of various widths and depths, adding a subtle layer of texture to the simple, gabled form.

When a young family of three set about revamping their bungalow in Melbourne, Australia, they sought to expand and modernize the layout without significantly increasing the overall footprint. They had already lovingly restored the front of the home, but they needed help for the spatial challenges ahead. Thus, they engaged Lisa Breeze Architects to help transform their compact heritage home into a practical and spacious dwelling for a growing family.

The home’s restored front facade stays true to the character of this Melbourne suburb.

The home’s restored front facade stays true to the character of this Melbourne suburb.

Photo by Caitlin Mills

The home is situated in the northern suburb of Coburg, which is composed mostly of standalone heritage houses built within the last 100 years. Both the firm and the homeowners wanted to respect the neighborhood’s original character in the new design. As they set about repurposing the existing spaces and introducing a small backyard addition, the architects paid homage to home’s historic details by referencing these elements in the new design.

The new addition is clad in timber. Its texture plays with shadow and depth much like traditional weatherboards.

The new addition is clad in timber. Its texture plays with shadow and depth much like traditional weatherboards.

Photo by Caitlin Mills

The new addition, only visible from the backyard, echoes the gabled form of the original home. Large openings connect the main living spaces with the backyard.

The new addition, only visible from the backyard, echoes the gabled form of the original home. Large openings connect the main living spaces with the backyard.

Photo by Caitlin Mills

See the full story on Dwell.com: A Compact Australian Bungalow Grows Grander With a Timber-Clad Addition
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