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L House

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Houses - Renovation
This renovation of a traditional Victorian terrace house in inner city Melbourne required a delicate spatial re-arrangement within the L-shaped site in order to improve livability, energy efficiency and provide a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor areas. A series of ramshackle sheds were removed and circulation reorganised to gain access to an existing upstairs loft. A small extension to the first floor area enabled the additional bedroom, WIR and ensuite required by the brief. On ground level, the kitchen and dining areas were reconfigured and opened up to the garden, with additional outdoor living space provided on a roof deck over the carport/shed area. The opening of the existing roof on the north side for the new internal staircase provided an opportunity to flood the main living spaces with north light (via roof glazing) and the natural light was also improved by new glazed sliding doors & window seat alcove to the living space. The interior design was a collaboration between architect and client, a graphic designer with a passion for textures, patterns & colours. The result has brought light, warmth and colour to the house whilst respecting the original character of the house.
Clifton Hill
Energy rating

New stair located to north side of living area for passive solar gain, E0 low formaldehyde emission MDF for joinery with a powdercoated paint finish (low VOC, no glue), extensive use of recycled materials

Project Team

Ande Bunbury, Cheng Chia Hoo, Chinh Mai, Vera Damczyk


Natural Direction


Ben Hosking


2011 Yarra Sustainability Awards, Innovation in Sustainable Building Design


‘Urban Sustainability, Best Abodes, part 3 book

‘Finishing Touches, Sanctuary Magazine, issue 12

'Stairs With Flair', Sanctuary Magazine issue 45

How to Avoid Harmful VOCs, Houzz web magazine

‘Houzz Tour: L-Shaped Home Turns a Corner With Resourceful Recycling’ Houzz web magazine

6 Popular Eco-Friendly Homes of 2015’, Houzz web magazine..

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