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Stuck on Whether to Renovate or Demolish and Start Over?

Designed by TONIC Design How do you decide whether to renovate or demolish and start again? In need of a new master bedroom suite, better living spaces with a connection to the outdoors and separate children’s spaces, the owners of Garden View House in Moorooka, Brisbane faced this problem. But, with the help of TONIC…
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A Small Addition Creates a Home Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

Designed by MRTN Architects Light and dark, east and west, new and old, Dark Light House’s new living pavilion contrasts without simply doing the opposite. When a humble, but beloved beach-house becomes a full-time family home, it becomes necessary for a little more living space. MRTN Architects’modest addition transforms and reorients the home, respecting the…
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A New Rear Living Area Creates a Better Connection to the Outdoors

Designed by McManus Lew Architects We love to get out and enjoy the backyard, but too often our homes are disconnected from our outdoor spaces. Saturn II shows you what you can do… Creating a great connection from living spaces to the backyard can offer you a whole other room of outdoor space. Even a…
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1970s Apartment Update for a Professional Couple and Their Bulldog

Designed by Studio Benicio This young professional couple and their adorable bulldog were lucky enough to snag an apartment in a great location (Sydney’s stunning Northern Beaches). The only problem was, after being built in the 1970s, the apartment had barely been updated, leaving it feeling tired and out-dated. The couple came to Studio Benicio…
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Hold the Wrecking Ball! When Demo, Then Reno Is Not the Solution

Designed by Jos Tan Architects Oftentimes, the tiniest of renovations can have the biggest impact. Weighing (measuring?) in at 35 square metres of renovated space and mere metres of additional floor area, Coronet by Jos Tan Architects is undeniably small. The owner of Coronet, a keen cook, wanted an entertainer’s kitchen and dining area big…
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A Tight Site and Heritage Controls; Dealing With All the Constraints

Designed by Dan Webster Architecture Styled by Larritt-Evans, Built by Made Form, Photographed by Eve Wilson Have you ever noticed a small tree which has burst through layers of concrete only to emerge in the middle of a median strip with several lanes of traffic either side? The tree’s struggle, against all odds, makes for…
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Architects Use Renovation as an Opportunity to Chase the Sun

Designed by Davidov Partners Architects Chase the sun. Not just my favourite song of the early 2000s, but also a rallying call to all home builders and renovators, and exactly what Davidov Partners Architects have done in the reno of this Caufield North Californian Bungalow. Maybe they’re Planet Funk fans too? Derived from a destination…
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THAT House Defies Its Neighbours In Every (Good) Way Possible

Designed by Austin Maynard Architects The site of THAT House neighboured by huge houses. Austin Maynard Architects were asked to provide the family with ‘just the right amount of space’… By creating large openings and generous connections to the garden the architects aimed to make this modest-sized home feel abundant and broad. The result is…
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High House Reno Takes Light, Functionality and Space to New Heights

Designed by Dan Gayfer Design Living close to the city certainly has its advantages – good public transport, the buzz of the inner-city and easy access to all the coolest bars and restaurants. The downside – especially in older terrace houses – is the cramped and dark living conditions. High House is in Melbourne’s trendy…
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A Wash of White Unifies Old and New

Designed by Kennedy Nolan Architects Westgarth House Sitting on a corner site in a quiet, leafy street, Westgarth House would not be out-of-place in a sleepy country town. The original timber Edwardian home faces the narrow street frontage while a much wider, north-facing boundary faces a generous grass nature strip. Kennedy Nolan Architects transformed the…
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Narrow Terrace Hides Several Space-defying Surprises

Designed by Pandolfini Architects In spite of the voracious redevelopment that’s happened in Port Melbourne over the last 20 or so years, the original cottages and terraces are stamped with strict heritage and building controls. The design of this Port Melbourne home had to show sensitivity to these rules while aiming to create a family…
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Some Simple Modifications Transform This Unrenovated Family Home

Designed by Winwood Mckenzie Architecture Simple ideas = huge impact. Winwood Mckenzie Architecture transformed this post-war cream brick house into a light-filled and functional family home by maintaining and refreshing the majority of rooms, while making a few key investments… The architects were asked to “transform the unrenovated house into a contemporary light filled residence and reorient the…
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How Can You Fit a Family of Six in 140 Square Metres?

Designed by buck&simple As our houses get bigger (they’re already the biggest in the world), and our families get smaller, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to imagine how you could fit a family of six in a three bedroom home. We’ve become accustomed to all that space. But is it really necessary? Buck&simple show us it’s not with this…
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A New Living Pod Creates a Central Courtyard at This Brunswick Home

Designed by ArchiBlox A prefabricated extension in Brunswick by ArchiBlox is set well away from the original house to create a central courtyard which all living areas wrap around… The new addition contains a lounge, dining area, kitchen and study nook. A generous pantry and seperate laundry is also provided behind the kitchen. By creating an open-plan living space in the addition, the original…
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An Elegant Black Timber Extension Compliments a 19th Century Home

Designed by Ola Architecture Studio An elegant and restrained timber addition provides the perfect modern living space for a family of five (plus two energetic dogs). The home, in Melbourne’s Northcote was a dilapidated 19th Century home with a warren of back-room additions. OLA Studio’s solution removes the ineffective addition and replaces it with a double storey open-plan addition in brooding black…
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A Quirky Renovation Beautifully Reinterprets this 1930s Bungalow

Designed by Tribe Studio If you’ve got it, flaunt it. This modest, but well-constructed 1930s bungalow in Sydney certainly had its charms – complete with whimsical herringbone brick gables, a glorious brick sunburst over the door and a touch of Tudor detailing. By accentuating her assets, Tribe Studio made-over House Au Yeung with a series of decorative flourishes… While the brick bungalow…
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The Newest House on the Street Looks Like It Could Be the Oldest

Designed by Austin Maynard Architects Strolling down the back streets of Richmond gives you a different perspective of the hip inner-city suburb. Tightly-packed terraces turn their backs on bluestone laneways, the relics of an era of thunderboxes and nightmen. But the laneways of Melbourne are changing. People are finding new uses for these forgotten spaces. Brickface by Austin Maynard Architects is an example…
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Creative Entrepreneur Builds Home to Balance Design and Affordability

Designed by Hip V. Hype With land prices skyrocketing and housing affordability a distant memory, inner suburbs are becoming denser by the day. Unfortunately, this density often comes at the expense of quality of life, with pokey apartments and bare minimum balconies now the norm for inner-city living. Liam Wallis of Hip V. Hype set out…
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A Series of Airy Spaces Cascade Down the Natural Slope of This Block

Designed by Julie Firkin Architects Taking advantage of a sloping site (not something you get everyday in Melbourne), Julie Firkin Architects have created a series of bright, airy spaces which cascade down the slope towards a generous North-facing courtyard in inner-city Fitzroy… The new upper storey is clad in zinc and cantilevers dramatically over the rear courtyard, shading…
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Old Meets New – Creating a Northcote Family Home

62 Barry St, Northcote Built in the early 1900s, this inner northern city block was in need of a transformation. Hatch Design + Construction could see its potential and have brought the Victorian home back to life by creating a striking frontage and a contemporary rear extension. The heritage façade has been beautifully restored, presenting…
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In a Neighbourhood of Workers’ Cottages, There’s One Dark Horse

Designed by Architecture Architecture In a neighbourhood of workers’ cottages, there is one Dark Horse. With a stepped parapet, centred window, side door and an entrance awning, this home may, at first glance, seem like its much older neighbours. But this home is different – sleeker, more contemporary… As soon as you step inside, the…
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A Modern Wooden Box Extension Complements a Century Old Weatherboard

Designed by Moloney Architects If you take an elegant, century-old home in the regional Victorian town of Ballarat and add a modern, wooden box, what do you get? A delightful, light-filled, modern home, that’s what. Mick and Jules Moloney, co-founders of Moloney Architects created this delight for themselves, with their architecture studio in the front two rooms of the Victorian-era…
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Tiles, the make or break of your bathroom

Tiles can be daunting as they are a permanent fixture in the house and its not like you can change them on a whim. Bathrooms are now becoming show pieces of the house, they are luxurious and one of the most functional spaces of the house. When it comes to tiles  you have a few…
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Voids, Voids, Voids: Add drama to your renovation

The main feature of this house was a stunning two storey voids on top of the living room. It added drama and light to a south facing back yard which could have felt otherwise cold and dark. (In fact prior to the renovation dark and smokey was what the tini-tiny living room was all about.)…
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Modern Barn Outside, Minimal Studio and Gallery Space Inside

Review By Lunchbox Architect I’m a sucker for a good studio and this minimal, refined studio in the small Victorian town of Blackwood is a particularly nice one. Designed by Adam Kane Architects. The new garage and studio are seperate structures in matching materials clustered around a central courtyard to create a sense of community on the expansive…
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