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This Semi-Detached Edwardian Terrace House Gets a Brilliant Modern Makeover

Finding old homes in and around the city of Melbourne that are in need of quick and nifty makeover is nothing new. This semi-detached and single-fronted Edwardian terrace house in Brunswick, Australia found itself in a similar predicament before its homeowners turned to Chan Architecture for a modern and energizing facelift. The existing house was more than 100 years old and that meant that much of the revamp needed to happen in the rear, living the street facade largely untouched. Then there are the constraints of space with most of these Aussie homes having a long, narrow silhouette.

Vertical batten cladding of the first level extension in the rear

Unsparingly, the solution came in the form of a first floor extension that ventures into the backyard and provides shade for the lower level. The new upper level with its vertical batten cladding and steel frame around the windows gives the rear façade a distinct identity even while creating an efficient and cheerful interior. On the lower level, a neutral color scheme, metallic accents, a smart staircase connecting it to the bedrooms above and a rejuvenated kitchen and dining area set the mood. Opening up into the lovely backyard, the breezy indoor-outdoor interplay of the Brunswick House puts a smile on your face. [Photography: Tatjana Plitt]

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Dining and kitchen of the house connected to the garden outside
Open plan living area, kitchen and dining of the Edwardian Home
Revamped living area of the Edwardian House with kitchen and dining
Wood and metal staircase inside the modern Edwardian house
Bright wall art brings color to the neutral interior
Comfy and natural reading nook in the corner

The external view from the backyard was designed to showcase the clean, rectilinear lines of the first floor extension with fine perimeter detailing, and the vertical batten cladding providing visual depth and transparency to the façade. The steel box around the window provides shelter, shading and privacy to the upstairs windows.

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Metallic staircase connecting the lower level with the new first floor extension
Stacked firewood and brickwall section on the lower level of the house
Spacious and elegant contemporary bathroom in gray and white
Bathroom in white and gray with skylight
Floor plan of Brunswick House in Australia
Black and white kitchen with wooden shelves

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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