1896 home wins best ad­di­tion ti­tle

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

AUS­TRALIA’S best ad­di­tion of more than $800,000 to a house is to an 1896-built View Street, Pep­per­mint Grove home awarded at the Na­tional Build­ing De­sign Awards in Mel­bourne on Oc­to­ber 17.

“It was a chal­lenge be­cause the ex­ist­ing house is a lime­stone cot­tage, but at the back was a 1960s ad­di­tion,” DRDA prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect Don Tay­lor said.

The de­sign de­vel­oped by Mr Tay­lor’s Mos­man Park-based com­pany re­tained an orig­i­nal con­crete slab from the old ad­di­tion.

Mr Tay­lor said this kept the new ad­di­tion within its bud­get, and al­lowed a half-flight of stairs to a new fam­ily room and an­other half­flight up to a new master bed­room in the ex­ten­sion, be­yond which is a new garage-granny flat.

The award said the de­sign was “el­e­gant, beau­ti­fully de­tailed and ex­e­cuted”, and al­lowed a fo­cus on views to the home’s out­door ar­eas.

Owner Carolyn Shep­hard is only the third in her home’s 119-year his­tory.

“When we bought it five years ago it re­quired ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions – even light­ing was only from the wall power points,” she said.

The ex­ten­sion has brought new fam­ily life to her, her hus­band and three young daugh­ters.

“It fits our fam­ily per­fectly be­cause we’ve got three small chil­dren – 11, 9 and 5 – and we can fit every­thing in, and ev­ery room gets used,” Mrs Shep­hard said.

The Na­tional Build­ing De­sign of the Year ti­tle went to Su­bi­aco d4 De­sign for its lay­out for the North­bridge Brew­ing Com­pany in Lake Street, North­bridge.

Su­bi­aco’s Meyer Shir­core and As­so­ci­ates re­ceived an award for the best multi-res­i­den­tial de­sign over six dwellings for a de­vel­op­ment in Lof­tus Street, West Leed­erville.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d444865

Ti­ago De Souza, James Wong, Justin Cameron and Da­mon Mule.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Carolyn Shep­hard and her daugh­ter Denby at home.

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