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A Beautifully Renovated Alphington Home By Clare Cousins Architects Hits The Market

When Sally and Damien Marasco first bought this 1915 arts and crafts style home in Alphington, VIC, 10 years ago its layout lacked a connection to the garden beyond.

Today, thanks to a clever renovation designed by Clare Cousins Architects in collaboration with Sally and Damien, this is no longer the case.

With a new extension, the home now steps down with the site’s slope and opens out onto lush landscaping by Eckersley Garden Architecture.

Sally and Damien have cherished the natural light that now floods into the home, and the beautiful green vistas framed by the six-metre-high windows — and they hope the new owners will too, as the time has come for them to put their beloved home on the market and relocate to be closer to their new business, The Cambium, in Red Hill.

Bea Taylor
Supported by Nelson Alexander

Clever landscaping has been designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture.

Architect Clare Cousins helped create a stronger connection to the garden, which was previously accessed through an upper deck and staircase.

The garden has a magnesium pool.

The new lower layout, which features the open plan kitchen, dining and living room, connects directly to the garden outside.

The main bedroom sits above the living room in a mezzanine-style layout.

The living room, with green vistas through every window!

The kitchen.

The pantry.

Above the kitchen sits another living space, which can be accessed through the stairs on the left, or the main winding staircase that separates the open plan dining and living room areas.

The staircase, leading from the upper level.

The upstairs living space.

Rumpus room.

One of the two ensuites.

One of the four bedrooms.

The main bedroom looks out over the lower living area.

The ensuite.

This elegant family home has the ultimate indoor-outdoor flow.

Bea Taylor
9th of March 2024

Alphington, VIC / Wurundjeri Country

This former 1915 arts and crafts style home maintains its character-filled facade upon entry. Yet, once you step through its doors, the home opens out in a dramatic showing of natural light and garden vistas.

Homeowners Sally and Damien Marasco lived in the Alphington, VIC, home for two years before engaging Clare Cousins Architects to design an extensive renovation in 2016.

The brief was simple; create a strong connection to the garden.

‘The original period home’s living spaces felt detached from the rear lower garden, due to the site’s topography,’ explains Clare. ‘Now the house steps with the site and feels immersed in the lush landscape, designed by Eckersley Garden Architecture.’

Clare Cousins Architects worked with Sally and Damien to design a new layout for the rear of the home that cascades down to the garden, with soaring six-metre high windows, sky lights, soft curves and a winding internal staircase leading from the original part of the house down to the new lower extension.

Not wanting to waste the beautiful garden vistas captured by these floor-to-ceiling windows, the first floor (accessed through the entry) now has a mezzanine-style layout with the main bedroom and the living room looking out over the newly constructed second floor below and through to the garden beyond.

‘The design process was a great collaboration,’ says Sally. ‘We will cherish our memories of that knockout view from each room’

The garden, complete with magnesium pool and original ‘snakes and ladders’ path leads directly to the La Trobe Golf Course green — something the new owners of this open family home will likely enjoy as much as Sally and Damien have.

34 Lucerne Crescent, Alphington, VIC, is listed for sale with Luke Sacco and Liz Walker from Nelson Alexander.

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