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.