Paddington St – Open House Perth

paddington-st-12 paddington-st-11 paddington-st-10 paddington-st-9 paddington-st-8 paddington-st-7 paddington-st-6 paddington-st-5 paddington-st-4 paddington-st-3 paddington-st-2Many of you may know that one day in the near (or more likely far) future we dream of renovating our own beloved California bungalow, so we’re always on the lookout for fresh new ideas of how to do it right. We’d love to do something that adds clean, light-filled and modern open spaces to our home which we adore but has some spaces that are admittedly pokey. So rather than stalking homes vicariously over Pinterest or Instagram, Open House Perth gave us the opportunity to walk through and experience a real life innovative renovation.

This home, by Mountford Architects, is a great example of a creative marriage of old and new. By adding a corridor to the side of the existing home, the space is opened up without having to bash and crash through old existing walls. We both also really love the way that the corridor not only is a functional component, but is also a personal gallery of sorts for the family that lives there.

The best part of this home? It could be yours! It is still for sale at present but chances are it won’t be for long.

Paddington St Residence, by Mountford Architects

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Home Inspiration – Waverley St

Our quest for home inspiration has taken us to the amazing home of Sam Klopper from Klopper and Davis Architects. This beautiful inner city gem is the perfectly formed marriage of original 1920’s worker’s cottage and modern vintage extension. I’m a big fan of the neutral palette with those splashes of colour, and those mid-century touches. This is a family-centric home and makes great use of space and natural materials – exactly what we want our future home to have.

Home Inspiration – Maylands Additions

We’ve finally decided to take the plunge and start planning a home extension! We live in an old 1930’s california bungalow which is a great size for the two of us, but far too small to function as a family home. Because of our large block size, our idea is to extend backwards, adding more living space and bedrooms in a modern, contrasting style to the original.

This extension by Jonathan Lake Architects in Maylands is something akin to what we would like. I love the large, boxy back of the house and the generous use of glass. The use of a wooden cladding on the outside surface of the house really softens those hard edges. Those large windows draw the outside garden inwards and really let lots of light into the house.

images © Robert Frith

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