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Best of Australian Homes 2014 · Alex Kennedy


When we shared this very special Melbourne home back in August, the response was overwhelming.  You guys really LOVED this house!  When a seriously tiny, budget-consicous renovation illicits this kind of overwhelmingly positive response, it reminds us that no matter what the limitations are, any space, on any budget, really can be beautiful. Home really is what you make it.

Today we’re getting reacquainted with the studio apartment of Alex Kennedy in Carlton, Melbourne – a delightful little home built within the footprint of a double garage.

29th December, 2014
Lucy Feagins
Monday 29th December 2014

The home of Alex Kennedy in Melbourne is, in fact, built within the garage of Alex’s childhood home – a project Alex decided to undertake after realising she just couldn’t afford to buy a house anytime soon.  Instead, she renovated the garage attached to her parents property, turning it into a self contained unit with separate rear entrance.

Alex worked with her friend, interior architect Sarah Trotter of Hearth Studio on this innovative project.  Their challenge was to turn this cold, run down garage into a comfortable and self sufficient little home, on a super tight budget. Sarah was not fussed by the limitations of this tiny footprint or indeed, the budget, instead seizing the opportunity to create a unique home for her friend.

‘Sarah was incredible at capturing my aesthetic influences and considering light’ says Alex. The pair worked together for a over a year scouring Ebay, visiting recycling centres and demolition yards in outer suburbs and country towns to collect and hunt down all the fittings, almost all of which are second hand.

For the full story and many more pics of this unique and very inspiring Melbourne home, do POP BACK and revisit the original post!

Sleeping quarters. Photo – Eve Wilson. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files.

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