When Sarah and her husband Michael first walked into the converted lolly factory in inner Melbourne, they were instantly won over by the grand sense of space. “There was a great connection between kitchen, dining and living area,” says Sarah. “I love to cook and entertain. I wanted a home where I could cook and be a part of the action.”
The couple’s architects Christie and Tim sought to celebrate that sense of connectedness within the space, paring back the kitchen and reworking the stairs and walkway in perforated steel. “It’s really magical when you go in there.You can see people when they are on the staircase and communicate with people throughout the house,” says Christie.
A new bedroom was top of the wishlist, but where to squeeze it in without affecting the facade or the lofty proportions of the living space? A box-like addition conserves both and slots behind the facade, on top of a bathroom that’s been updated into an ensuite.