A Reimagined Blonde Brick Home With ‘Mid-Century Vibes’

The house owners of this residence in Malvern East are solely its second custodians. They bought the house in 2018, and gave it a fast DIY makeover earlier than shifting in – pulling up carpets, stripping outdated wallpaper, including new window furnishings and lighting fixtures.

However a couple of years later, they determined it wanted a complete transformation, and turned to Melbourne inside structure and design follow Studio Tom.

‘The imaginative and prescient was to enhance the mid-century vibes of the residence,’ Studio Tom director Robbie Peirce says.

‘It was necessary to retain current character and supply a timeless design that belonged.’

As a basic late ’50s to early ’60s blonde brick residence, it had change into dated in and out, so the primary transient was to maximise the unique floorplan – whereas grappling with a ‘restricted funds’ and a few strict planning caveats. In an effort to work inside these constraints, Studio Tom determined to go away the ‘predominant bones of the home’ untouched, as an alternative mindfully updating the interior footprint.

‘An current laundry was modified to change into the second toilet – a should for the couple who had been sharing a rest room with the children for years,’ Robbie explains. ‘The kitchen’s new design was thoughtfully deliberate inside the current dated kitchen location. Pinching a contact of house from an adjoining room provided the kitchen a lot better stream and storage.’

Top-of-the-line elements of the reimagined house is the fantastically heat rear sunroom, the place the partitions and roof are all lined in Silvertop Ash shiplap timber. The brand new raised, raked ceiling and glass doorways to the yard let mild stream in and gave a larger sense of house, while the cozy built-in day mattress flanked by a brand new fire is now the proper place to ‘snuggle and browse a e-book’, or to soak up backyard views.

Wealthy mid-tone timbers had been one other huge a part of crafting the property’s textural and retro-inspired interiors, paired with calming sage greens and black metallic accents, as a refined nod to the prevailing metal home windows.

Robbie says this mission proves how one can stability a house’s previous with the wants of the current, because of the house owners’ sympathetic method: ‘They noticed the worth in crafting areas from what they already had.’


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