Slotted amongst a mix of industrial factories and quaint workers cottages, sits a modest modular extension that places a strong emphasis on natural light and ventilation while maximising space efficiency.
Offering plenty of nostalgic charm with great bones, the front room of the original semi has been updated and renovated to accommodate for modern day living. Constrained by an existing easement, the efficient two-module extension at the rear houses a kitchen/dining/living space on the ground floor with two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Given the close proximity of adjacent neighbours, a series of carefully considered skylights and highlight windows ensure natural daylight is plentiful.
The boxy form of the extension doesn’t look out of place in a street filled with a mix of architectural styles. The new works are clad in Colorbond to clearly identify the old from the new while internally, sympathetic materials were selected to enhance and reflect the character of the area. The steel spiral staircase and concrete-look floor, for example, both promote a semi-industrial look, redolent of the neighbourhood.
Even in the small space, storage is maximised and cleverly employed throughout the house so clutter can be reduced. Paired-back and fuss-free design details ranging from the recessed pelmet curtains and discrete cavity doors to the concealed air conditioning units and the minimalist finger-groove joinery, all further enhance the sense of space. Additionally, the bathroom’s large-format tiles, humble fixtures and a generous skylight impart a sense of calm through the simplified, stripped-back nature of the design details.
At just 120sqm the site is small with limited access. Modular was a great fit in this scenario as the majority of the construction was completed offsite. This also ensured a high-level of quality control was maintained in the controlled factory environment and minimal time was required onsite. Installation with the crane took one day, drawing excited glances from passengers on the Mernda train as it sped by.
- Colorbond Diversclad cladding (Monument)
- Marmoleum flooring (Cement)
- Signorino tiles
- Black laminate joinery
- Dekton benchtop
- Black powder-coated double-glazed windows
- Fisher & Paykel appliances
- Abey kitchen sink with Astra Walker mixer
- Astra Walker bathroom fixtures (matt black)
- Enzie spiral staircase
- Custom skylights and large openable VELUX roof window
- Pegboard feature wall
- Walk-in pantry
- Mains power, water and sewer connections
- Water tank to toilets
- Concealed air conditioning units to living + beds