After a savvy reinvention, this Perth home is a great all-round entertainer.
Aleafy northern suburb of Perth was the area Lorena and Chantel targeted when house-hunting five years ago. When they walked into this 1947 property, they knew they’d hit the bullseye and fell for its classic features and quirks: each room had a different cornice and ceiling rose. Filled with the sort of Mid-century pieces they adored, it seemed meant to be. That love of Mid-century design – combined with a fondness for concrete and the use of timber as seen in iconic 1960s and ’70s Perth homes by architect Iwan Iwanoff – drove their renovation plans and the choices of architect and builder: Klopper & DavisArchitectsandBacicGroup.“WesawSamKlopper’shomeandknewheunderstood what we wanted, and Bacic is renowned for its concrete work and love of honest materials,” says Lorena. “We’d collected images of things we liked over many years,” adds Chantel. “It’s amazing to look back and see how the home is exactly that.”
Four original rooms at the front of the house remain intact, yet some functions have changed. The old living space on the left and dining room behind now serve as the study/library and a guestroom. On the right, the main bedroom is still situated at the front, but Lorena and Chantel have brought the ensuite up to date by renovating it themselves. Behind this lie a bathroom and second spare bedroom.
To create the lifestyle-enhancing addition at the rear, the old kitchen and a lean-to were knocked down and a wall removed to open up the home from front to back. Cedar-framed windows and sliding doors now flood the kitchen, dining and living areas with light and help define the modernist vibe of the extension. Filled with Mid-century furniture, ceramics and artworks collected over many years, these new spaces overlook the backyard and bask in northern sunshine.
Contributing to that warmth is the thermal mass of honed concrete flooring and Bacic Group’s innovative bWall insulated concrete, a costeffective and time-saving solution used to construct the entire rear addition. “I love our home in winter,” says Lorena. “The whole rear addition was designed to take advantage of passive heating, thanks to its orientation and the use of the bWall system.”
Beyond the social areas, the home opens up to a large, covered entertaining space and deck, which look out to the pool and landscaped grounds. “It’s a true indoor-outdoor home, which is what we always wanted,” says Chantel. “Now we have friends inviting themselves over for dinner, the dogs are loving it – and we just don’t want to leave the house!”
Klopper & Davis Architects, Subiaco, WA; (08) 9381 4731 or kada.com.au. Bacic Group; 0434 066 747 or bacicgroup.com.au.