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Victorian cottage gets modern refresh and a new home office

Another gem by Austin Maynard Architects

Exterior shot of modern home with timber-paneled volume on top floor and a screened lower level.
A home office was suspended above the main house.
Photos by Tess Kelly via Designboom

Austin Maynard Architects has completed yet another gorgeous modern home, this time by extending a weatherboard Victorian cottage in North Fitzroy, Melbourne. Called Kiah House, the renovation seeks to reinvent the traditional idea of the home office by creating a space that is conducive to productivity and yet still functions as a sanctuary.

The original 1927 residence, which also underwent a refresh, anchors the property: The Victoria-based practice added a master bedroom “haven” adjacent to it and perched a separate office above.

Arranged around a Japanese-inspired garden, Kiah House’s main living floor opens up to the outdoors by way of floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, blurring the distinction between the inside and outside. A renovated kitchen spills out onto an elevated deck, with the master bedroom enjoying direct access to the rocky front yard as well.

As for the office, the architects suspended it above the deck to create a clear separation between work and life. It is a long and narrow room characterized by paneled walls and perforated steel shelving, and is accessed by a spiral staircase. Still, a full-length window affords views of the garden below.

Via: Designboom