Cambridge St

S & S

This relatively untouched 1910 built Villa needed significant work to transform it into the desired light and bright family home. An understated internal renovation and addition became a three-part exercise in maximising natural light, ensuring the home was low maintenance and infusing colour in a subtle way to create a playful space for this energetic young family.

Previous attempts to renovate the Villa were unsuccessful due to the site restrictions created by the significant tree to the rear boundary. A 12m exclusion zone meant the positioning of the double garage, pool and outdoor entertaining area all required clever planning to avoid significant additional expense. Another significant design challenge came in catering to a young family who enjoyed a great deal of time outdoors. We met these requirements with a wholistic solution. The study, with its open, lush views, and the kitchen, fitted with low seating for casual meals and large stacking sliders combined to open the home to the alfresco and pool. This allowed for the children to enjoy their time outside while ranging within the supervision of mum and dad from inside.

Modernising the home for a busy young family who enjoy entertaining guests required a temperature-controlled wine cellar, butler’s pantry, mudroom laundry, master suite, second living room, and a large study for hybrid working. The meticulous spatial planning undergone in the master plan stage saw the client achieve their entire wish list. Durable finishes including polished concrete, tiles, leather, engineered stone and timber and coloured laminates infuse the space with fun while ensuring longevity.

The fusion of inside and outside has transformed the client’s lifestyle to allow for more time to be spent as a family. A fun filled atmosphere of an adventurous, energetic family, enhanced by creative, intentioned design.

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