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A Green New Addition For An Ageing Edwardian Home

Interiors

Sometimes, the clue to a design is in a project’s final name. The ‘Enduring House’ in Brunswick by Brave New Eco is exactly that, a house designed to endure!

The interior designers and client set out to create a multi-purpose, multi-functional, multigenerational extension to their beloved (but verging on ramshackle!) Edwardian home buried in Brunswick.

23rd June, 2022

The new double-storey extension at the rear holds communal spaces below and a parents’ wing on the second floor. Both enjoy views over the backyard. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

A warm, natural palette of recycled timbers and neutral colours characterise the new rear extension. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

Views out to the ample Brunswick yard are maximised as a result of the new addition. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

The new addition houses all communal spaces, including a living room, dining room, kitchen and laundry. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

A compact kitchen leads straight to the dining area. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

Recycled timber was used for the floorboards. eePhoto – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

Natural light floods into these communal spaces from the north-facing windows. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

Timber everywhere! Cabinetry and floors are layered throughout. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

How good is that kitchen?! Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

The original rooms at the front of the house have been retained as bedrooms like this, and a formal lounge. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

A study nook in one of the front bedrooms. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

A fully equipped laundry is tucked away downstairs. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

Light enters at every opportunity. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

An upstairs bedroom works within the pitched roofline. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

Views out over the green backyard from the second floor parents’ wing. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

Exterior details. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

The main bathroom downstairs. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

The restored Edwardian facade. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

A view down the restored historic hallway, from the original front door and discrete rooms to the new extensions at the rear. Photo – Marnie Hawson. Styling – Belle Hemming.

Sasha Gattermayr
Thursday 23rd June 2022

‘A sense of timelessness was important.’ – Megan Norgate

The owners of this Edwardian terrace in Melbourne’s inner north had big plans for their renovation. But when they brought on Brave New Eco to realise their vision, the designers suggested a more compact layout.

‘[The clients] planned to accommodate their ageing parents in the years to come and with this in mind, we worked with Matt from Green Solar Designs to resolve the layout so that where possible, spaces could be used and accessed in multiple ways,’ says Brave New Eco director, Megan Norgate.

The four original rooms at the front of the house were reconfigured into two bedrooms, a second living room, bathroom and extra ancillary rooms. 

The new double-storey extension at the rear included a new open plan living space, laundry and second floor main bedroom suite. 

‘As the Edwardian elements of the home were well preserved, we referenced these throughout the design so as to continue the relationship between the new and older parts of the home,’ says Megan. This is especially noted in the extension, which utilised the existing gabled roofline to create the parents’ retreat.

‘A sense of timelessness was important – the classic architectural features in the front parts were maintained and painted in muted greys and blues, and in the new areas applied subtle references to classically enduring motifs, patterns and forms to give the home a proportionally balanced feeling,’ says Megan. 

As with all Brave New Eco projects, low-impact materials were a key feature of the Enduring House. Locally manufactured Australian timbers, living brass finishes, FSC-certified timber floorboards, and low-toxic paints and sealants. Materials were also repurposed where possible. 

‘We call this project “Enduring House” for three reasons,’ says Megan. ‘Firstly, aesthetically – we leaned into a timeless sense of style in the design. Secondly, we built in future living scenarios, allowing the house to morph and change as the family grows. Thirdly, because this project weathered a few of life’s challenges along the way, including unexpected illness, job changes, and then finally a year of Covid lockdowns during the build.’

And hopefully it ‘endures’ for many more years to come!

See more projects from Brave New Eco here.

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