The fact that we have not been arrested for stalking this house is a miracle. Located just up the hill from Est HQ in Melbourne, this home designed by b.e architecture has been the highlight of our early morning walks through the neighbourhood for the past two years. Watching on in anticipation we got to know the builders and the tradesmen on a first names basis – but in true Toorak style, we are yet to meet the neighbours!
Wanting to retain the existing structure of the two storey home, b.e architecture added a series of pavilions beneath the floating copper roofline that wraps around the original building. The traditional style gable façade at the front and back of the house has been clad in polished grey render giving the home a more contemporary feel while working in with the more conventional, traditional homes found within the street.
Steel framed windows are an elegant addition and have been used throughout the home while a copper banding introduced at the front of the original building cleverly creates spatial definition as well as successfully tying in the old and the new by wrapping around the glass walled extension at the back. And that timber decking around the pool? Well for us it is the perfect final detail to end on. Here, timber adds character and charm and it just flows on so beautifully from those back steel framed windows and grey rendered walls.
Welcome to the neighbourhood…