Inside Out (Australia) - - Ren­o­va­tion -

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.

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