A former hypnotherapist’s office isn’t exactly the image that springs to mind when you think of your ideal family home.
But that’s the unique history that lies behind this Reservoir abode in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs!
The owners had purchased the quirky property in 2014. They could see the potential to embrace its mid-century look and decided to transform it into their family home — despite its long list of faults — and engaged MJ Harris Group for the renovation.
‘The main brief we received from the client was to connect the two separate dwellings of this home together, to make one practical home for modern family living,’ architect Paloma Escobedo says.
While the ‘pokey’ kitchen was a particular focus of the renovation, they also had to tackle the rear of the home, which had served as the old hypnotherapist’s office, featuring padded doors, extremely thick walls, two-way mirrors, speakers, the original ‘waiting room’ signs and brass wall sconces.
But rather than ‘totally delete these features’, they repurposed them in the home’s refresh that celebrated the building’s mid-century feel.
‘I think what’s really cool about this design is those features won’t exist in every other home — those are the things that will always make this project so special and unique,’ Paloma adds.
Luckily, the home also had some beautiful timber features that were able to be retained and enhanced with new wooden battens, joinery and terrazzo with chips of brown.
Using the same stone across the kitchen splashback, new double shower bathroom and flooring became a ‘constant connection’ between old and new spaces while adding a bit of fun and life to each space.
‘There was also some subtle and deeper greys in the terrazzo that we then incorporated into the colour scheme of the downstairs bathroom, by including gunmetal tapware and deep blue mosaic finger tiles,’ MJ Harris Group interior designer Emma Slade says.
‘We reused the existing bricks of the house for the extension, to create the new internal staircase, as the aim was to retain as many existing materials as possible.’
A rendered wall, terrazzo flooring, brass trims and new brass wall sconces to match mark the transition from the old hypnosis rooms and the new part of the house. And the old floorplan that was ‘a bit of a maze’ is now open and functional, complete with spaces for entertaining.