• ITN Architects
  • Cassarman


This project is a renovation and extension to an old 1880’s Victorian brick house in an old suburb of Melbourne Australia. The new building at the rear of the house consists mainly of one large L shaped open plan kitchen, living and dining area with large glass doors across the rear verandah porch, as well as other utilitarian rooms.

The old front part of the house has also been renovated and upgraded throughout including new bathrooms and side windows. Some of the old fruit trees were retained and landscaped around with grass to suit the new backyard layout.

Key Features


The new rear extension is joined to the existing house as a unique form which tucks under the existing roof and then soars to greater heights than the existing as it moves away from the old house.

The external skillion roof forms dominate the internal spaces and include highlight windows in the voids, and are a nod to the varied mix of industrial and residential building forms and garages and outhouses in the immediate area.

The materials used externally continue internally on the fireplace reflecting the outside within, as well as a cedar timber verandah and blackbutt hardwood floorboards.


The project was conceived, designed and built all within one calendar year allowing the owners to move in with their new born baby soon after delivery.

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