A mod­ern love story

An old ter­race is re­stored with a mod­ern twist, writes

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hen Chris and Sarah El­lis were look­ing for a prop­erty in the in­ner west, they weren’t look­ing for a freshly-minted home they could move in to.

In­stead, they wanted to be able to stamp their own per­son­al­ity on their “for­ever” home.

Af­ter miss­ing out at sev­eral auc­tions, they found what they were look­ing for — a Vic­to­rian ter­race in New­town.

“It was on a 234sq m block, had some orig­i­nal fea­tures and we were both ex­cited by the amount of space there was,” says Chris.

Streetscape sat­is­fac­tion

The cou­ple, who are orig­i­nally from the UK, saw the po­ten­tial for more liv­ing space with a mod­ern ad­di­tion that would re­spect­fully work around its orig­i­nal fea­tures.

The prop­erty over the years had lost some of its tra­di­tional fea­tures, but the cou­ple were keen to pay homage to its past, start­ing by restor­ing its orig­i­nal 1874 name, Brook­side, at the en­trance.

The lo­cal coun­cil had very spe­cific rules about how the fa­cade should be rein­vig­o­rated, which Chris says re­sulted in a much more com­plex and costly build, but ul­ti­mately “breathed life” back in to the old prop­erty.

“They re­quested a clear dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion be­tween the old and new work,” he says . “We also had to re­place any trees we re­moved, and en­sure the garage was set back from the street to al­low the nat­u­ral flow of the streetscape.”

In­ter­nally though, the cou­ple agreed the old and new should flow.

“We wanted to en­sure there was a smooth tran­si­tion from the orig­i­nal house to the mod­ern ex­ten­sion,” Chris says. “We tried to do this by keep­ing the orig­i­nal arch­way and hav­ing wooden floor­ing through the hall­way and then re­peated on the stairs and land­ing.”

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