The owners of this Northcote, Victoria home weren’t after anything over the top in their recent renovation, but achieving their objectives on a relatively compact block (390 square metres) and budget required the expertise of Project 12 Architecture.
Rather than adding a mammoth extension, the practice devised a reworking of the original brick home, plus a modest 39 square metre addition containing new kitchen, dining, and living areas.
The existing house required significant refurbishment, including re-stumping, internal hard-plaster, and flooring throughout, but aesthetic alterations were minor. ‘The red brick, semi-detached residences [in the area] provide a utilitarian charm which was required to maintain and respect in our proposal,’ says Aimee Goodwin, director of Project 12 Architecture.
The most significant change made to the original house was repositioning the front door to the south, allowing space for a dedicated entrance hallway. ‘This space frees up the main living functions, liberating