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Timber Screens and an Open Plan Living Revamp this Suburban Melbourne Home

It barely comes as a surprise to anyone that most classic homes that have been left unaltered for a while or have been poorly renovated over the course of last few decades are now in need of a modern makeover that fills them with freshness. And many of these homes come to us from Down Under with heritage Victorian and Edwardian houses in cities like Melbourne and Sydney heading the list. Today, we head over to a gorgeously revamped weatherboard Edwardian residence in Camberwell, a bustling suburb of Melbourne in search of inspirational ideas that we can embrace as well. And you can rest assured that there is plenty to learn from this Warc Studio Architects makeover!

Contemporary addition and makeover of Screen House in Australia

The living area was the central attention of the extension and makeover project which also spilled into the bathrooms, wardrobes, landscape and pool area. A new movable timber screen at the rear is the focus of attention now with its versatile presence controlling natural light and giving the home a smart aesthetic and functional addition. The screens also extend to provide shelter for the outdoor deck and hangout while an open plan living with kitchen and dining area that flow into the deck greet the homeowners inside.

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Custom timber screen creates a protected outdoor hangout while keeping out harsh sunlight
Custom wooden decor steals the show in this living space
Gorgeous custom wooden furniture inside the Screen House
Lovely wooden decor additions define the living room and create ample storage space

A visual connection with the rear garden is maintained at all times with custom wood décor morphing into different pieces in various rooms of the living area to hide away any mess. White, contemporary storage units and wardrobes along with beautiful lighting fixtures complete the transformation. [Photography: Aaron Pocock]

Modern kitchen with tiled backsplash and an oversized pendant above the counter
Modular shelving and cabinets free up more space inside the Screen House
View of the new open plan living area, kitchen and dining inside the Aussie home

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Dining room, kitchen and living area connected with the deck outside
Folding timber screens can be moved out when needed
Operable timber screens help control the degree of sunlight entering the home over various seasons

Multiple sustainable measures were employed on this project and include: high insulation levels; double glazing; externally operable screen to maximize seasonal variation in passive solar radiation; locally and sustainably harvested Victorian hardwood using profiles that maximize timber yield; low VOC finishes; formaldehyde free plywood; rain water harvesting; hydronic heating; compost & vegetable garden

Timber clad exterior of the Screen House
Unique wooden handles for the kitchen cabinet
View of the rear garden from the living area
Beautiful niche instantly grans your attention

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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