See­ing DOU­BLE


Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME -

Any­one 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.”

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