Last­ing Re­sort

Af­ter a savvy rein­ven­tion, this Perth home is a great all-round en­ter­tainer.

Australian House & Garden - - CONTENTS - STORY & STYLING Anna Flan­ders | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Dion Robe­son

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.

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