See­ing dou­ble


Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Home - Ge­orge Fortey, his wife Lisa, their chil­dren Amelia, eight, and Henry, six, and Moscow the red bor­der col­lie Mel­bourne, Vic A con­tem­po­rary, new-build town­house



ny­one look­ing to cre­ate a fam­ily home might not im­me­di­ately con­sider build­ing mere min­utes from Mel­bourne’s CBD. But ar­chi­tect Ge­orge Fortey did just that. “We bought a run­down, dou­ble-fronted Vic­to­rian [in 2011] and lived here for four years,” he says. “It was al­ways our in­ten­tion to sub­di­vide, build two town­houses, live in one and sell the other.”

Now, five years on, he and his fam­ily couldn’t be hap­pier in their new abode with its three bed­rooms, two-and-a-half bath­rooms, study, garage and sunny court­yard. “It’s ev­ery­thing a tra­di­tional fam­ily home would have, but just on a very com­pact space,” says Fortey.

“The block is half the size of what we had be­fore, but it fits more house on it. It doesn’t feel like a poky lit­tle town­house… but in say­ing that it also doesn’t take long to get from A to B.”

The ren­o­va­tion took 11 months to com­plete and cost just un­der $936,000, re­sult­ing in two unique town­houses boast­ing in­no­va­tive de­sign choices, such as a small study that dou­bles as a kids’ play area and movie room.

For Fortey, it is a calm­ing space the whole fam­ily can grow up in. “We are big believ­ers in liv­ing on a small foot­print,” he says. “We’d rather live near a park where the coun­cil mows the lawn rather than have me spend my Sun­day do­ing that. Lisa and I both work, so our week­end time is very pre­cious.

“This felt like home from day one… it’s a very easy house to live in.”

COURT­YARD Both homes fea­ture sil­ver­top ash tim­ber lin­ing boards stained with black Woca ex­te­rior oil. KITCHEN (far left) Ex­clu­sive Cab­i­nets made the seam­less join­ery through­out the homes. Car­rara mar­ble is used on the counter tops.

DIN­ING/LIV­ING AREA The arm­chairs, sofa and cof­fee ta­ble are all from Jar­dan, while the rug is from Ar­madillo & Co. BED­ROOM Fortey picked “Nat­u­ral Loop” new wool car­pet in Pinto for both town­houses. “It’s a great car­pet, com­pletely undyed and all nat­u­ral,”

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