Would you love to live here :: small in size but big in detail


I have recently begun a new Design Project, 

which involves designing an extension and a rework 

of the existing floor plan of a mid 19th century cottage 

on a block which is 4.8 metres (16 feet) wide.


I actually rather love working on small scale design, 

because it's a completely different way of designing. 

Not easier, not harder, than a large property;

because each requires special thought to avoid them 

feeling either too small, or too empty. 


So I am on the hunt for inspiration and ideas involving 

terrace houses (as my Pinterest pins will reveal!),

and I came across this colourful example of a renovated 

terrace house which seeks to create a richness within,

through the use of detailed patterning,

the warmth of natural timbers and rich colours. 


It's currently on the market, so let's have a look, shall we,

to see if you may indeed Love to Live Here?


Skylights are the obvious way to bring in much-needed sunlight

into a Terrace House,

but it's the way they are handled which makes all the difference

between an integrated effect (as they have achieved here)

and a "tacked on" element, 

which they can often be.

In this case, creating a recessed area for the downlights

is a subtle but effective way to draw the eye

across the ceiling from the skylights to the timber screen,

as the eye will naturally look for patterns.


The entire wall on the right is covered in mirror,

which creates the illusion of a much wider space,

especially as the sunlight from the skylights falls 

upon the mirror's reflection. 


The front of the house has a library/sitting/office room, 

which I am finding my own clients are asking for more and more. 


Such a room seems to fill the missing element 

in open plan layouts,

because we all sometimes need a cosy space 

in which to work, read, or simply just think,

and these older style, contained cosy rooms 

can be simply magical when used this way.

(I have a room in my own house like this,

and it is perhaps the most loved room in our family home.)


In this case, the wallpaper adds a witty element, 

which takes the space from serious to playful in an elegant manner.


The link between the original mid 19th century Victorian terrace house

and the new extension is defined by bluestone steps:

celebrating, rather than hiding,

the difference between them. 


(I am very much aware that there are 2 camps on this subject:

those who adore a contrast between the two eras,

and those who like to make them look the same.

As in all architecture, I think, there is never any right or wrong opinion,

as it is such a personal thing.

As long as both are handled well, each has merit.)



So what do you think?

would you Love to Live Here?

for further details about the property, which is at 247 george st fitzroy melbourne, go here