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This Sleek, Understated Renovation Brings The Outside In

Architecture

Designing a home isn’t just about creating an aesthetic experience, but also about shaping HOW the residents live.

This refined and cosy Brunswick renovation by Winwood McKenzie was foremost about creating a home that promotes a future quality of life. Director Thom McKenzie shares how this home reflects the Scottish heritage of the scientist client, who shares the house with her two dogs.

6th May, 2019

The Brunswick House by Winwood McKenzie. Furniture by District. Photo – Ben Hosking.

The renovation combines cosiness, with links to the garden. Furniture by District. Photo – Ben Hosking.

Furniture by District. Photo – Ben Hosking.

This renovation pays homage to the owner’s Scottish heritage, in a Victorian setting. Furniture by District. Photo – Ben Hosking.

A work desk with a view to the gum trees outside. Furniture by District. Photo – Ben Hosking.

The serene fireplace area. Furniture by District. Photo – Ben Hosking.

The perfect corner for watching over the garden. Furniture by District. Photo – Ben Hosking.

Minimal luxury! Furniture by District. Photo – Ben Hosking.

Miriam McGarry
Monday 6th May 2019

‘The living space effectively becomes a large veranda within the garden’ – Thom McKenzie.

This Brunswick House renovation by Winwood McKenzie is finely crafted to reflect the lifestyle of the client, a scientist with two beloved dogs. Thom McKenzie, director of the architecture firm explains that the brief for this project was to ‘create a strong sense of continuity between old and new, by extending the character of the existing house into the new location.’

The re-design added a new north facing living and study area, that combines both an inward-looking cosy nook, and an expansive open outdoor area. Thom highlights ‘the spaces are configured to allow both modes of living’ for a life style that embraces time by the fireplace with a book, as well as a strong connection with outdoors.

Importantly, the renovations also considered the two furry residents, resulting in a  space where the owner’s pets could ‘wander in and out as they please, and have plenty of nice places to rest in the sun.’

The aesthetics of this home take direction from the client’s Scottish heritage, reimagined for a Melbourne setting. The bluestone hearth, pitched roof and timber joinery are subtle nods to the architecture of traditional Scottish farmhouses, while the cantilevered corner opening references the iconic Australian veranda. Thom explains ‘the living space effectively becomes a large veranda within the garden.’

This sleek, considered renovation perfectly balances the needs of its residents – providing cosy, comforting interiors, and a strong connection to the outside world.

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