Flemington House

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FLEMINGTON HOUSE

Lisa Breeze Architect

YEAR
2020

AREA
95 m²

PHOTOGRAPHS
Cathy Schusler

CATEGORY
Houses, Renovation, House Interiors

LOCATION
lemington, Australia

LEAD ARCHITECT
Lisa Breeze

BUILDER
Silverstream Constructions

PLANTING DESIGN
Greenbits

MANUFACTURERS
Bosch, Lampe De Marseille Mini

MANUFACTURERS
Louis Poulsen, Vectorworks, Brodware, Classic Ceramics, De Fazio Tiles and Stone, Nemo Lighting, Smeg, Sphera, APLO, Bamstone,

This 1940s semi-detached brick home in Melbourne Australia has been treasured by the same family since it was originally built.

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© Cathy Schusler

The current owner, the great grandnephew of the original owner, was keen to honour its heritage in as many ways as possible.

In its long history the house had largely gone untouched, so many of its lovely old features were still intact.

However, there comes a time with every home where an old Kitchen, and degrading Bathroom, need an overhaul to bring them up to contemporary living standards and to provide for a long life ahead.

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© Cathy Schusler
© Cathy Schusler

The most challenging design aspect of this project was picking and choosing which heritage aspects to work with for inspiration, and which ones to let go of.

It’s a fine line between honoring the past and creating a home that suits current times and into the future.

The overall layout is a good example of this – a combined open Kitchen and Meals is counter to the way houses were built and planned in the 1940s in Australia but now we put a huge importance on sharing these spaces and connecting them to the outdoors.

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© Cathy Schusler

As with much of the detailing, the materials were largely inspired by the existing home and references to the construction of the era.

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© Cathy Schusler

In addition to the Kitchen colour, we designed a contemporary fluted glass cabinet display and used the same glass for the Bathroom glazing.

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© Cathy Schusler
© Cathy Schusler

Square glazed ceramic tiles and steel framed windows were also cues that were taken from the era.

Brick was used for the small extension with a subtle stack bond detail on the wall ends.

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© Cathy Schusler
© Cathy Schusler

In addition to terrazzo tiling of the floors and steel framed windows on the northern façade addressing the Backyard.

The existing building directed the design including the re-model and the extension. The Front Entry, Bedrooms and Living room were maintained.

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© Cathy Schusler

At the rear of the home, we completely gutted the interior, made this area slightly larger, relocated, rearranged and replaced the service rooms and opened the new Kitchen and Meals area onto a freshly landscaped Backyard so that the open plan area is more suitable to contemporary standards.


Plan