Caulfield house

John Best
Nestled in inner Melbourne, in a street where commercial buildings and residences co-exist is this unassuming family home. From the street the house looks small and largely unchanged, however to the rear it is transformed into a large family home, identical to its surrounding context.

The extension is fully independent from, but connected to the original house, traditionally laid out with communal areas on the ground floor and bedrooms on the upper level.

The living areas are divided by a long hallway, which provides a purposed separation between spaces, and leads to a centralised patio. The patio accentuates spatial continuity and allows the family to come together.

The kitchen servery window is at the core of the house, overlooking a large deck and fire pit and is shaded by a large café blind. Urban tones and natural materials enhance the connection with the immediate environment and resonate with the owner’s brief.