A new addition allows this Federation gem to live again
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.”