This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

A Richly Detailed Edwardian Makeover

Architecture

The standard approach when extending a period home is to add to the rear, but Architects EAT aren’t in the business of standard renovations.

Noting the existing Caulfield East property’s solar orientation, context, and the project budget, the practice devised a simple extension that juts out from the original heritage home, before wrapping around the rear like a carpenter’s square.

The new interiors are a richly detailed interpretation of the original Edwardian facade, featuring dusty purple brick and a distinctive undulating timber battened ceiling – all complemented by pool views. 

21st June, 2021

Miyazaki Bar stools by Great Dane Furniture. Kollon Vase on counter from Great Dane Furniture. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Vinge lamp from Great Dane Furniture. Ligne Roset Bookends from DOMO. Miyazaki Bar stools by Great Dane Furniture. Kollon Vase on counter from Great Dane Furniture. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Johansen Table Oval by Great Dane Furniture. Kai #42 chairs by Great Dane Furniture. ND83 armchairs by Great Dane Furniture. Circle chair by Great Dane Furniture. Lean Floor lamp by Great Dane Furniture. Pond side table oak by Great Dane Furniture. De Sede DS-612 coffee table in white from DOMO. Plants from Glasshaus. Rug from Halcyon Lake. Leaning artwork by Amber Wallis from Nicholas Thompson Gallery. Hanging artwork on rear wall by Miles Hall from Nicholas Thompson Gallery. Ceramics by Mark Young. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Vinge lamp from Great Dane Furniture. Ligne Roset Bookends from DOMO. Kollon Vase on counter from Great Dane Furniture. Circle chair by Great Dane Furniture. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Rison Sofa by Great Dane Furniture. Cushions on sofa from Great Dane Furniture and Halcyon Lake. ND83 armchairs by Great Dane Furniture. Circle chair by Great Dane Furniture. Lean Floor lamp by Great Dane Furniture. Pond side table oak by Great Dane Furniture. De Sede DS-612 coffee table in white from DOMO. Plants from Glasshaus. Rug from Halcyon Lake. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Leaning artwork by Amber Wallis from Nicholas Thompson Gallery. Sculptures by Mark Galea. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Leaning artwork by Amber Wallis from Nicholas Thompson Gallery. Hanging artwork on rear wall by Miles Hall from Nicholas Thompson Gallery. Sculpture by Mark Galea. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Towel by Loom Towels. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Ligne Roset Cells vases from DOMO. Ligne Roset Passe Passe coat rack from DOMO. Ligne Roset Rift Table/Stool from DOMO. Towels by Loom Towels. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell

Hans Wegner 58/68 Chair by Great Dane. Art by Andrea Wilson from Studio Gallery. Vinge table lamp in white, from Great Dane. Ferm Living vase from In Good Company. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Swoon Lounge Armchair by Great Dane Furniture. Fliegenbein Standing Lamp from Great Dane Furniture. Art by Arryn Snowball from Nicholas Thompson Gallery. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Entre 1B Oak bedside table by Great Dane Furniture. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Landscape design by Mud Office. Plants from Glasshaus. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Plants from Glasshaus. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

The pool! Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Pillow Lounge Chair from DOMO. Plants from Glasshaus. Landscape design by Mud Office. Styling – Swee Design. Photography – Derek Swalwell.

Amelia Barnes
Monday 21st June 2021

‘Like a traditional carpenter’s square, it is ‘sharp’ like the long steel blade, while the ‘soft’ timber handle houses the main bedroom.’ – Albert Mo

The state of this Edwardian home in Caulfield East was a real mixed bag before its recent renovation. The grand period facade and several beautiful ceilings remained intact, but alterations added over the years were lacking in character and function. 

The owners had worked with Architects EAT two times prior, so it was an easy decision to once again place their trust in the studio to work their magic and update the home. 

Initially the brief called for an ‘out the back’ first-floor extension, with a new double garage, but Architects EAT devised an alternative more conducive to the generous block.  

‘We have given them a long, single-storey addition with an attached carport that is opened to the pool and the garden,’ says Albert Mo, director Architects EAT. 

A small section of the extension containing the new main bedroom meanwhile wraps around the rear of the existing home, to form an L-shaped plan.

‘Like a traditional carpenter’s square, it is ‘sharp’ like the long steel blade, while the ‘soft’ timber handle houses the main bedroom,’ says Albert. 

In contrast to its simple form, the interiors are richly detailed, with materials reflective of the original architecture. Most notably, the dusty purple brick band on the facade has been amplified to become the interior floor and walls, while the concave battened ceiling is a contemporary interpretation of decorative period styles.

‘The clients have total trust in us, and we don’t take this lightly. I think we have had to convince ourselves first before even suggesting to the clients!’ says Albert. In saying that, it took us a while to convince them with a total brick floor. At the end it was the trust that got us over the line.’

Responding to the context, the front garden by Mud Office and new pool now serve as a mediating space between the house (both the new and existing areas) and the street.

‘When the sunlight hits the water, it reflects a beautiful moving pattern onto the restored pressed metal ceiling,’ says Albert. 

With its interesting interior detailing and improved floor plan, the home is now a perfect marriage of utility and aesthetics.

This Week

Food

Julia's Herby Prawn Mayo Sandwiches

Julia Busuttil Nishimura serves up the ultimate summer sanga. YUM!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Shopping

The Ultimate Outdoor Furniture Guide

From sleek and chic to fun and playful, here are four different schemes for the outdoor dining situation of your dreams!

Words From The Wise

Pushing Against The Status Quo As A Creative Professional, With Designer Timothy Moore

Sibling Architecture director and co-founder Timothy Moore shares refreshing advice about embarking on a career in architecture and design -...
Haroula Karapanagiotidis

Studio Visit

The Graduate Designer Pushing The Limits Of Traditional Furniture Design

Brigitte Owers-Buccianti is the designer behind Real Non-Real, an exciting new practice making multi-functional furniture pieces.

News

Melbourne's Futuristic New Gallery For Art + Science

Excitement is high – the latest museum in the international Science Gallery Network opens in Melbourne today!
Sponsored

Family

Artist Miranda Skoczek On Single Parenting, Smelling The Roses + Spontaneity

Artist Miranda Skoczek shares her multigenerational family life in the Dandenongs with son Harper and aunt Margaret.

On The Market

The Perfect Mid-Century, NSW South Coast Beach House Is For Sale

This mid-century Mollymook Beach house is perfect in its proportions, feel and water views... and it's on the market!

Homes

The Experimental Melbourne Home Of Two Artists

The 'warped maximalist colour feast' home of artists Nabilah Nordin and Nick Modrzewski in Newport, Melbourne.

News

Save Soho Rose Farm!

Donate to help save Victoria’s most beautiful field-grown roses, after a devastating hail storm. 

News

WIN A One-Of-A-Kind Artwork By Local Artist Dave Kulesza - aka Boris Bombay!

Bombay Sapphire are giving away a nostalgia-fuelled, pop art-esque tiled artwork by Boris Bombay (aka Dave Kulesza) to one lucky winner!
Sponsored

Creative People

Seven Standout Emerging Creatives of 2021

Discovering talented new creatives is our favourite thing we do – here are the artists, designers and makers who got us talking in 2021.

Food

The Tastiest Recipes Of 2021

From savoury galettes to triple tiered vanilla sponges with craem and lemon curd, these are our five most popular recipes of last year.

Gardens

Heide Museum’s Enchanting New Healing Garden

Heide Museum of Modern Art opens a new healing garden – a therapeutic space to benefit the mind, soul, and body.

Creative People

Creating Original, Ever-Changing Gardens With Kep Horticulture’s Andy Kepitis

Kep Horticulture founder Andy Kepitis talks how to create dynamic gardens, and his aversion to 'certain' plant palettes!

Homes

Designer Anna Spiro’s Heavenly Island Home

The celebrated interior designer shares her relaxed yet luxurious Minjerribah/North Stradbroke holiday house.

View Comments

Similar Stories

Architecture

A Renovated Victorian Cottage That Unfolds In Waves

An inspired, rippling extension by FMD Architects brings light into this Victorian cottage in Melbourne.

Architecture

A Childhood Home Revived For The Next Generation

A single-storey home in Toorak is transformed into a contemporary family retreat by Melanie Beynon Architecture + Design!
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

An Expertly Renovated 1930s Home + Lush Garden

A 1930s Malvern house is transformed with a new concrete addition by Taylor Knights, and stunning garden by Ben Scott Garden Design.

This Week

News

WIN A One-Of-A-Kind Artwork By Local Artist Dave Kulesza - aka Boris Bombay!

Bombay Sapphire are giving away a nostalgia-fuelled, pop art-esque tiled artwork by Boris Bombay (aka Dave Kulesza) to one lucky winner!
Sponsored

Studio Visit

The Graduate Designer Pushing The Limits Of Traditional Furniture Design

Brigitte Owers-Buccianti is the designer behind Real Non-Real, an exciting new practice making multi-functional furniture pieces.

News

Melbourne's Futuristic New Gallery For Art + Science

Excitement is high – the latest museum in the international Science Gallery Network opens in Melbourne today!
Sponsored

Family

Artist Miranda Skoczek On Single Parenting, Smelling The Roses + Spontaneity

Artist Miranda Skoczek shares her multigenerational family life in the Dandenongs with son Harper and aunt Margaret.

Homes

The Experimental Melbourne Home Of Two Artists

The 'warped maximalist colour feast' home of artists Nabilah Nordin and Nick Modrzewski in Newport, Melbourne.

Homes

Designer Anna Spiro’s Heavenly Island Home

The celebrated interior designer shares her relaxed yet luxurious Minjerribah/North Stradbroke holiday house.

News

Save Soho Rose Farm!

Donate to help save Victoria’s most beautiful field-grown roses, after a devastating hail storm. 

Gardens

Heide Museum’s Enchanting New Healing Garden

Heide Museum of Modern Art opens a new healing garden – a therapeutic space to benefit the mind, soul, and body.

Creative People

Seven Standout Emerging Creatives of 2021

Discovering talented new creatives is our favourite thing we do – here are the artists, designers and makers who got us talking in 2021.

On The Market

The Perfect Mid-Century, NSW South Coast Beach House Is For Sale

This mid-century Mollymook Beach house is perfect in its proportions, feel and water views... and it's on the market!

Words From The Wise

Pushing Against The Status Quo As A Creative Professional, With Designer Timothy Moore

Sibling Architecture director and co-founder Timothy Moore shares refreshing advice about embarking on a career in architecture and design -...
Haroula Karapanagiotidis

Food

The Tastiest Recipes Of 2021

From savoury galettes to triple tiered vanilla sponges with craem and lemon curd, these are our five most popular recipes of last year.

Creative People

Creating Original, Ever-Changing Gardens With Kep Horticulture’s Andy Kepitis

Kep Horticulture founder Andy Kepitis talks how to create dynamic gardens, and his aversion to 'certain' plant palettes!

Food

Julia's Herby Prawn Mayo Sandwiches

Julia Busuttil Nishimura serves up the ultimate summer sanga. YUM!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Shopping

The Ultimate Outdoor Furniture Guide

From sleek and chic to fun and playful, here are four different schemes for the outdoor dining situation of your dreams!

Similar Stories

Architecture

A Renovated Victorian Cottage That Unfolds In Waves

An inspired, rippling extension by FMD Architects brings light into this Victorian cottage.

Architecture

A Childhood Home Revived For The Next Generation

A single-storey home in Toorak is transformed into a contemporary family retreat by Melanie Beynon Architecture + Design!
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

An Expertly Renovated 1930s Home + Lush Garden

A 1930s Malvern house is transformed with a new concrete addition by Taylor Knights, and stunning garden by Ben Scott Garden Design.

The Design Files acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files – we would love to hear from you.

Please email us here.