An Action-Packed, Compact City Home

Not every home extension is about gaining additional space. Sometimes, it’s simply about creating better quality space. 

This was the case for the Lees House, which saw the renovation and extension of a semi-detached art deco home in Northcote. 

When engaged to design this project, Rob Kennon, founding director of Rob Kennon Architects, found the existing house largely ‘unliveable’ and with plants growing through it. The young family clients weren’t in need of a considerably larger home, but a comprehensive overhaul that would encourage a more efficient and convenient existence. 

A key driver for the project was updating the driveway, which was bigger than the single car household required. Rob turned this previously unused outdoor space into a side house entry, and undercover bicycle storage area tailored to the owner’s lifestyle. 

The original portion of this house contains three bedrooms and bathroom, while the kitchen, living, dining and study

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