N+T House, Fitzroy North, Melbourne Home Extension, Australian Building Development, Architecture Images

N+T House in Fitzroy North

18 Aug 2021

Design: buck&simple: doers of stuff

Location: Fitzroy North, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

N+T House Fitzroy North Melbourne

N+T House

At N+T House the high ceilings and timber construction gently creaked as you walk the hallway of the existing home. There was an obvious change in quality from the light and airy original home to the later cluttered renovations to the rear.

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Our role in transforming this home was to reimagine the family areas and celebrate the connection between the house and the rear yard. Internally, we wanted to bring back a sense of calm, order and hierarchy within the home. We needed to create spaces that were delineated by their function and allowed for the practicalities of a busy family, while allowing for a spacious, well-appointed home.

N+T House Fitzroy North Melbourne

The home owners loved to cook and entertain but the existing layout meant you couldn’t do both at the same time. So, we re-established the kitchen as the heart of the home. Locating the cooktop on the island created the opportunity to connect with guests, prepare meals and socialise.

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The new Living areas introduced a feature fireplace, black steel doors that stop the warm air escaping and a circular skylight to bring in much needed natural light. The back wall to the rear garden was replaced with a set of new sliding glass doors and the garden completely re-landscaped with the help of Landscape Architects, Inge Jabara Landscapes.

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Combining a few standout textured materials with base neutrals throughout the interiors ensured a warm, soft palette. It was important to the owners that we accommodate their active lifestyle and so resilient surfaces and materials were integrated throughout to ensure comfort was not compromised. A terrazzo tile floor was integrated through the living areas, grounding the palette while adding thermal mass and insulation. To soften the noise and create warmth in the quieter areas such as bedrooms, we used a blonde timber engineered floorboard in a herringbone pattern.

N+T House Fitzroy North Melbourne

We wanted to use a consistent textured timber aesthetic and chose to integrate Blackbutt veneer joinery to match the owners bespoke master bed that they loved. Fixtures were either brass or black finished that matched detailing in the steel doors and lighting, helping to maintain a consistent palette.

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What made this project so successful was a good relationship between the architectural team and the client that was design-focussed and based on trust in the brief and design.

N+T House Fitzroy North Melbourne

What was the brief?
To rectify and reimagine an old weatherboard cottage for a new young family.

What were the solutions?
We respected the original cottage and replaced the poorly constructed add-ons. Focussing on interiors, and connection to landscaping have the greatest impact on lifestyle.

N+T House Fitzroy North Melbourne

N+T House in Fitzroy North, Melbourne – Building Information

Architect: buck&simple: doers of stuff

Project size: 160 sqm
Site size: 412 sqm
Completion date: 2021
Building levels: 1

Landscape Architect: Inge Jabara Landscapes
Builder: Momentum Building Group

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Photography: Marnie Hawson

N+T House, Fitzroy North Melbourne images / information received 180821

Location: Fitzroy North, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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