Fin­ish­ing touch

A new ad­di­tion al­lows this Fed­er­a­tion gem to live again

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When a house has been well de­signed and built, it can be hard to imag­ine that it was ever any dif­fer­ent. The tran­si­tions be­tween lev­els and move­ment be­tween the in­doors and out can look so ef­fort­less that it ap­pears the de­sign was ob­vi­ous from the start.

But while the end re­sult for a fam­ily home at Queens Park works well for this fam­ily of five, the path from plan­ning and de­sign to con­struc­tion was not straight­for­ward.

Ar­chi­tect Con­rad John­ston of Fox John­ston says de­spite ap­pear­ances, the orig­i­nal dou­ble brick Fed­er­a­tion house pro­vided a sound foun­da­tion for ex­ten­sion.

“Be­fore the present own­ers bought it, the house had been owned by the same per­son for 70 years,” he says.

“It was in su­per­fi­cially bad con­di­tion but struc­turally it was great be­cause it was a good qual­ity house when it was built.”

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