IT’S HALF THE SIZE BUT TWICE AS NICE FOR ONE FAMILY
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.”