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Real Home Feature: The perfect balance of modern opulence and heritage style

Real Home Feature: The perfect balance of modern opulence and heritage style

Every now and then we come across a home renovation that we absolutely adore and this one takes the cake for our favourite balanced, modern and heritage style home remodel we've ever seen. 

Designed by the team at Finnis Architects, they created a truly mesmerising home perfectly balancing modern opulence with heritage style features. The project was completed in 2017 and is located in St Kilda. 

We were lucky enough to get a run down of the property from the Finnis team and they've shared some photos of the renovation, too. So take a look, be inspired by this stunning design and remember to check out the Finnis Architects website to look at their other projects. 

Entering the property from the street, it was crucial to maintain the contextual relevance of the building as to not detach it from its immediate and broader surroundings. In this way, the humbleness of the entry is typical to its neighbouring houses as the classic terracotta roof tiles and red brickwork emulates the character of the street.
 
What greets you on first entry into the home is a stark contrast as the contemporary interiors, designed in collaboration with Kylie D’alessandria from Huntress Interiors hint at the sleek modern nature toward the rear of the house. The distinction between what is old and new is gestured through the light hardwood floorboards which juxtapose the front entrance and transition to a darker polished concrete. This textural creativity marries with the dark finishes of the kitchen joinery and stone island benchtop. 
 
Perhaps the home's greatest achievement is its recognition of the existing house and its materiality which isn’t lost but rather celebrated through the extension process. This is evident as the charm of the red brick seen on the façade is carried through to the backyard and creeps surprising elements into the interior living space, adding a certain charismatic layer to the house.
 
The backyard is where this property truly established itself as a prime example of modern living. Contrasting bespoke materials, including the richness of the stained timber cladding and two lush vertical gardens, combine to produce the perfect hidden oasis. The full height glass panels and doors which line the pool area capture the tranquillity and calming atmosphere of the water and the light and airy nature of the white stone pool tiles. A seamless transition from the open plan kitchen and living area to the outdoor alfresco space is brought together through large cantilevered covers which appear to effortlessly float above the alfresco area. 
 
The environmental and heritage elements are effortlessly integrated into the home without feeling forced or faked whilst the individuality of the design from both the architects and interior designers is clear. The home is both a unique reflection of the owners through its personalised textures, materials and design choices, whilst actively creating brilliant entertaining spaces and a family home to live in for many years to come.

 

Photography: Les Hams

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