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An Architect’s Own Colourful House Hits The Market

When architect Stewart Brooks and his partner (jeweller Georgie Brooks) returned home to Australia from London, they found themselves priced out of the local housing market. Their solution? To purchase a subdivided garden block in leafy Northcote, and design a modern family home to put on it!

Now fronting the laneway at the back of the original property, the new home wraps around a central courtyard. But after years of housing their young family, it’s time for the Brooks’ to move on.

With a vibrant interior palette, clever in-built joinery (THAT window-seat!) and north-facing courtyard, this piece of inner-city innovation won’t be on the market for long!

Sasha Gattermayr
Supported by Nelson Alexander

The spacious living room benefits from full height glazed sliding doors and in-built fireplace for natural light and maximum cosiness. Photo – Chris Alexander.

The in-built window seat overlooks the courtyard and can be opened up to the adjacent deck via sliding doors. Photo – Chris Alexander.

The living room, dining room and kitchen are connected via an open plan sequence. Photo – Chris Alexander.

The muted interior palette is offset by pops of colour in the kitchen. The midnight blue joinery is painted fire-engine red on the inside to match the tapware and powder-coated bench legs. And how about those geometric patterned splashback tiles! Photo – Chris Alexander.

These communal spaces wrap around the north-facing courtyard in an L-shape. Photo – Chris Alexander.

Left: A private study is secreted behind a sliding door linked to the kitchen. Right: the main bathroom upstairs. Photos – Chris Alexander.

Left: Though tucked at the back of a subdivided block, the entry is via a gate on the street-facing portion of the original property. Right: The laneway exterior is made from recycled brick. Photo – Chris Alexander.

Sasha Gattermayr
24th of June 2021

Inspired by years living in London where family homes on tight blocks are the norm, Stewart Brooks (director at Architected) and Georgie Brooks (a contemporary jewellery designer) purchased a subdivided garden at the back of an existing house in Northcote, and set about building a clever new home there.

The result is a double-storey, three-bedroom residence. The house sits right on the rear boundary line, where a recycled brick exterior treatment faces the back lane and a garage opens to the laneway. Though tucked at the back of a subdivided block, the main entry to the house is via a gate on the street-facing portion of the original property. Once through this gate, visitors and residents are led past the original house and down a pathway dripping with established greenery.

The L-shaped home unfolds from here. Communal spaces wrap around a central courtyard with the kitchen, dining and living room sequence overlooking the floor-to-cieling glaze sliding and bi-fold doors. A home private office is secreted to the side.

Blonde timber floorboards recycled from local demolished houses were laid throughout the new home, but some fun is injected into the interior palette via pops of primary colours inspired by 1950s colour charts! The kitchen joinery exterior is painted a solid muted blue and fire-engine red inside. The same red appears in the powder-coated bench legs and central tap outlet.

Behind the kitchen, a staircase winds up to the three bedrooms and accompanying bathrooms on the first floor.

In the face of these clever design ideas, it’s the classic built-in window seat that stands out the most! Running the length of the living room beside a retractable glass window overlooking the deck, on sunny days the window slides back to create an indoor-outdoor seating element. So smart!

12A Stott Street Northcote will be sold via auction on Saturday 17th July 2021 at 10.30am by Peter Stephens and Isabelle McEwan Marion at Nelson Alexander. See the full listing and inspection times here.

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