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Cool Central Pod and a Cheerful Living Space Revive Dreary Melbourne Home

Melbourne seems to be an absolute hotbed for home renovation projects in recent times, and today we have another smart and sensible home makeover from the Fitzroy North suburb of the bustling city. Originally built as a modest workers cottage in the 1980s, this abode was given a modern upgrade to meet the needs of a young family. The result: the dingy, dark interior was transformed into a bright and beautiful setting. As is the norm these days, the home has a new rear extension that flows into the backyard, as the Nest Architects completely revamped the ambiance of this small family residence.

New addition opens up the small house to the rear yard Cool Central Pod and a Cheerful Living Space Revive Dreary Melbourne Home

Dubbed the Holden Street Residence, the revitalized house now features a cozy and upbeat living and dining area and an ergonomic modern kitchen. A central pod covered in plywood is the real showstopper of the new interior, as it houses a bathroom, powder room and a pantry that opens up towards the kitchen. The presence of this ply clad addition saves space, helps in better organization of the rest of the house, and also delineates the kids’ playroom from the living area without the use of additional walls.

Large glass door connects the living area indoors with the rear yard

Small open living and dining area of the revamped Aussie home

Boston Ivy covered brick wall outside becomes a part of the interior visually

Large wooden bench in the living area with large glass window that looks onto the greenery outside

Clever living room niche contains the TV and entertainment options

Simple shelves in the living room clad in wood

Ply wood clad pod contains the bathroom, powder room and pantry

Small dining space next to the kitchen

Apart from the framed glass door that swings open to connect the living area and the backyard, a large glass window next to a custom wooden bench in the living room completely opens up the interior to the world outside. This allows the brick wall covered with Boston Ivy to become a part of the living space, visually giving the Holden Street House a hint of green goodness! [Photography: Lauren Bamford]

Black and white tiled backsplash for the contemporary kitchen

Multi-facated ply clad cabin built next to the kitchen also houses the pantry

Neutral color scheme gives the small room a more spacious look

Renovated interior of the modern home in Fitzroy North

Kids' room with unique wall motif

Tiny black and white bathroom with shower area

Traditional front facade of the Holden Street House

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What do you think?

  • Big, big fan of the brightly colored couches and ottoman
    here! It’s bold, yet somehow still muted at the same time. (Yes, I know that
    makes no sense.) You can definitely take a minimalist design approach and have
    awesome décor. Adding vintage-feeling touches to this modern space has a really
    nice overall effect.

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