If have already heard it before and feel that it is a bit of an exaggeration, then think again – modern kitchen is indeed the heart that drives the home. Proving that a beautiful and functional kitchen is not just the heart but also the soul of the urban and semi-urban residence, the Rathmines House in Melbourne was revamped and restored to meet the changing needs of its owners. With Chef Scott Pickett making it clear that the kitchen needs to be the fulcrum around which the rest of the house revolves, the makeover of this Victorian weatherboard house was both breezy and easy to execute. MRTN Architects went all in with a new interior where space-savvy design making its presence felt.

Kitchen is the heart of the revamped Aussie home

Changing the layout and replacing the lean-too out the back with a new interior and exterior, the house adapts to the urban lifestyle of its denizens. The living area with a sofa that also acts as the room divider, a spacious banquette dining area that opens up towards the rear garden and a kitchen that connects different areas of the home visually and ergonomically create a space-conscious and energetic setting. A smart study room that can be transformed into a guest bedroom when needed and gorgeous, private bedrooms complete this elegant addition and alteration. [Photography: Tatjana Plitt]

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Timber ceiling beams give the interior a modern classic look
Sofa also acts as a space divider inside the exquisite Melbourne house
Revamped timber and brick exterior of the home
Banquette style seating inside the dining area
Dining area of the house with banquette style seating
Lofty ceiling of the kitchen turns it into the central space of the house

From the garden the extension is designed as a pair of interlocking volumes, a pitched timber clad wing that overlaps a smaller mass of salvaged brick. At the fulcrum between these two volumes is painted steel pergola set on a base of salvaged brick creating a seasonal outdoor room. In summer overgrown with a grape vine and in winter left bare

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Restored and altered Victorian home with brick and timber exterior
Colorful and weathered backsplash of the kitchen
Contemporary kitchen with blue-tiled shower area
Bi-folding and stackable doors connect the kitchen with the outdoors
Floor plan of Rathmines House in Melbourne

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