Top Ten Homes of 2017

Top Ten Homes of 2017 · Delatite Station

We’re finally at the end of our TOP TEN homes of 2017, and we’re concluding the line-up with one particularly impressive property – ‘Delatite Station’ in Mansfield, VIC.

Originally built in 1890, this home is one of the oldest properties in the area. In 2016, Templeton Architecture was entrusted with the restoration and renovation of this grand Victorian homestead – with spectacular results!

Lucy Feagins
Supported by Dulux

The homestead at Delatite Station is one of Mansfield’s oldest shire buildings, constructed in 1890. Descendants of the current owners purchased the property in 1902. Photo – Sharyn Cairns, courtesy of Templeton Architecture.

When approaching the interiors of the Delatite Station homestead, Emma Templeton and her team focused on timeless restraint and refinement. Photo – Sharyn Cairns, courtesy of Templeton Architecture.

‘Our design ensured that natural light could infiltrate the house through subtle interventions that had a dramatic effect,’ explains Emma Templeton. Photo – Sharyn Cairns, courtesy of Templeton Architecture.

Emma tells us, ‘We have been known to refer to this project as ‘the house of halls’ as much of the design effort was placed on making more successful connections between spaces.’ Photo – Sharyn Cairns, courtesy of Templeton Architecture.

Bathroom details. Photo – Sharyn Cairns, courtesy of Templeton Architecture.

Lucy Feagins
5th of January 2018

Warmth, light and integration were the key priorities when Emma Templeton, principal architect at Templeton Architecture, undertook the extensive renovation of Delatite Station in Mansfield. With 14 foot ceilings, the original home was impossible to heat and cool efficiently. Meanwhile, deep verandahs surrounding all sides of the house allowed very little natural to filter into the house.

The building was stripped back to its pure bones, removing recent ‘tack-on’s’ to reveal original Victorian features. Sinks in the corners of each bedroom were removed and rotten floors replaced. Original details were restored, whilst internal spaces are reconfigured, where necessary, to improve the light and connections between rooms.

Emma and her team also focussed on improving natural light, enclosing one verandah to create a glazed corridor, and adding new windows in key locations to allow light to sink deep into the house, and providing new views out onto that amazing garden!

For the full story and many more pics of this incredible home, do revisit the original post