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Limerick House: Rural Victorian Home Gets a Timber Modern Extension

An old house that does not make the most of landscape it sits in and the scenery outside – it sounds like an all too familiar story in the world of modern residential structures with some sense of historic past. But the Limerick House in Eganstown, Australia gives this familiar story a rustic and cozy twist as its new extension opens up the interior to the scenery outside even while blending in with the stoic Victorian home next to it. The form of the new addition with its gabled roof and overall dimension matches that of the original home and its three different blocks. Spotted gum decking boards that are stained in black are used to cover the exterior while lighter, silver oak boards take over on the inside.

Limerick House extension in Australia extends a classic Victorian house

Designed by Solomon Troup Architects, the addition provides a new social setting for the entire family with an open plan kitchen, dining area and family area. White is the color of choice in the kitchen as stainless steel surfaces bringing sparkle and pizazz. A large deck extends this new interior outside and gives the homeowners an opportunity to enjoy the country hillside and its many sights and sounds in an unhindered fashion. Décor inside the home is kept simple and unassuming with modern furniture finding space next to more rustic pieces.

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New extension becomes a gateway between the interior and the rural landscape outside
View of the mountains and landscape is brought indoors by the new extension
Black stained spotted gum decking boards for the exterior of the extension
Contemporary extension with rural exterior and woodsy charm
Beautiful modern kitchen and dining room of the Victorian home extension
White and wood kitchen of the Victorian home extension
Woodsy silvertop ash lining boards shape the interior of the extension

Large steel doors when open blur the lines between the interior and the world outside and the can also be completely closed in colder winter months or when homeowners need privacy. Sensible in its overall form, space-savvy and modern, this Aussie extension upgrades the old Victorian home by giving it elements that it woefully lacks. [Photography: Tatjana Plitt]

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Greenery and wooden boards give the extension a cozy, modern appeal
Kitchen window above the counter offers views of the landscape outside
Modern Limerick House Extension in Victoria
Smartly lit reading nook in the living area
Deck of the extension offers unabated views of the rolling mountains
Entry to the Limerick House
Modern extension next to the Victorian house in Melbourne

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