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Brick veneered in the 1980s, this traditional weatherboard period home in Kew was completely transformed by Spacemaker Home Extensions with the addition of a custom new second storey extension, along with substantial ground floor alterations both inside and out.
Clever design choices with functional and decorative lighting and the careful selection of finishes and quality appliances helped to achieve a cohesive, timeless result. This home is now something truly unique and special to the homeowners.
When they contacted Spacemaker Home Extensions, the owners were looking for a builder that could create a more family-friendly home and bring it into the 21st century. They also wanted to retain the home’s original charm and the history of its heritage roots, whilst preserving and restoring period details.
They needed more spacious living and meals areas with the addition of an indoor/outdoor zone designed for poolside entertaining. Other top priorities included a new kitchen with a walk-in pantry, a new family bathroom with a separate toilet, a new laundry, a new master suite with a walk-in robe and an ensuite.
Due to the location and the age of the primary residence, the property was impacted by a heritage overlay. The heritage overlay and resulting council restrictions meant that the extension needed to be designed to respect the local area and abide by council building requirements. Spacemaker’s solution for the homeowners was a contemporary design with a sophisticated style that created a stark contrast between the old and new sections of the home.
The focus was on retaining the original history of the home whilst creating light, space and flow between the indoor and outdoor areas. This utilised the available space efficiently and preserved the valuable square meterage in the backyard.
Every care was taken to complement the existing period details of the home when designing and constructing this second-storey custom home extension. The use of quality fixtures and finishes were consistent throughout the home, including a stunning blackbutt staircase that features vertical slats. This created a focal point within the light-filled open plan kitchen and living area. Seamless connection between the old and new sections of the house was achieved by continuing the blackbutt theme with floorboards throughout the original and new ground-level spaces.
Spacemaker's design placed the master suite on a second storey upstairs to conserve as much of the backyard as possible. A balcony overlooking the existing pool was added, providing views out across the parkland beyond. The new second floor comprises the master bedroom with an ensuite and a walk-in robe.
A new bathroom and a separate powder room were built on the ground level, plus a large separate pantry and laundry. The open plan kitchen, dining and family zone was designed with huge windows to maximise the view and flow out onto the new outdoor decking area and outdoor living spaces.
The streamlined kitchen includes cabinetry built under the staircase to house the fridge. The modern laundry and pantry are easily accessed from the kitchen, providing plenty of workspaces that can then be hidden behind closed doors.
Spacemaker Home Extensions are experts in designing and constructing second-storey home extensions in Melbourne.
With this second-storey house extension in Kew, the proud homeowners achieved everything they wanted within their allocated budget. This meant they could continue living in an area they love, whilst enjoying a spacious, bright and contemporary family abode in Melbourne’s inner suburbs.
If you love the suburb you live in and need to transform your home to better suit your family’s lifestyle, speak with the home extension experts. Our friendly design consultants are available to visit you in your home, at a time that works for you and your family. Contact 03 8873 7800 to secure your consultation.