Surrey Hills Knockdown Rebuild
Leonie and Tom love living in the leafy suburb of Surrey Hills, Melbourne. Their delightful new home has been designed and built to combine period grace with modern, open plan living. However, the project started as a major challenge for both the owners and the Sherbrooke Design and Construction team.
Recommended by a local draftsman, Sherbrooke Design and Construction were engaged to renovate and extend the period home Leonie and Tom had lived in for 16 years.
- Blend of Period Features & Modern Design
- Skylights Throughout
- Seamless Indoor/Outdoor Living
- Alfresco Verandah Entertaining Area
Upon commencement of the project, whilst pulling back the the old plaster to make way for the new structure, it was discovered the materials used previously did not comply with the building code. In fact, it was that bad that Sherbrooke Design and Construction called in an engineer to make an assessment.
The engineers report confirmed the Surrey Hills home was not compliant and the project could no longer go proceed as planned. Graham, business owner and Director of Sherbrooke Design and Construction said that in his 30 years of building he had not come across a situation before and he felt devastated for the owners who had their heart set on the proposed extension and renovation.
The Sherbrooke Design and Construction design team quickly put together a few options and, working with Leonie and Tom, they developed plans for an affordable, two storey home.
Once council permits were obtained it was ‘all systems go’ with the knockdown and rebuild of the new home. The end results are stunning and both Tom and Leonie are now happy they had to start afresh.
The home’s beautiful distinctive Tutor style exterior has white plastering with black-painted mahogany timber, decorative clinker brickwork in herringbone designs and diamond-pane glass, all reminiscent of the Tutor style Australian buildings. The heritage listing meant we could not alter any part of the exterior including the colour palette or any window glazing.
The design concept was for internal changes only the idea was to completely gut both floors by removing all internal walls to create a blank canvas. The staircase remained and all the internal doors were retained to recycle into the new design. The challenge here was to maintain the structural integrity of the building whilst relocating walls. Many of the solid brick internal walls and fireplaces were load bearing. A big expense on engineering allowed us to open up this home bringing the floor plan into modern day with open living, large entertaining kitchen/dining and bedroom all with ensuites.
The home now has a beautiful wide grand entrance complete with the existing staircase and void. Both, the open plan dining and kitchen to the left or the living to the right are both equally welcoming with pale oak flooring and plantation shutters.
The kitchen showcases European Miele Generation 7000 Intuitive technology. Sleek and elegant appliances include steam combination oven, speed oven, convection oven, range hood, induction cooktop, coffee machine, warming drawer, integrated fridge/freezer and dishwasher. There is extensive joinery and storage, 2 island benches, natural stone bench tops and splashback both in Taj Mahal Quartzite and the butler’s pantry includes a Miele wine-conditioning unit. The heritage large window here floods the room with an abundance of natural light.
The Laundry is off the kitchen and hidden in the fifth bathroom behind bifold doors. Here you will find Miele fashion master steam ironing system. The powder room along with all upstairs bathrooms include the Luxurious Hybrid Ecology System Toilets.
Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling Porcelain tiles and a breathtaking grand master bedroom that flows to a sunroom private balcony.
Other features include wallpaper inserts to cabinetry, Lutron home automation and security cameras, European gas log fireplaces, full reverse cycle heating and cooling and remote controlled double lock up garage.
See our other projects.
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- Prahran Heritage Renovation and Extension
- Kew Double Story Restoration and Extension
- Double Storey Edwardian Style Home Extension in Glen Iris
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- Canterbury Extension and Renovation
- Brighton French Provincial Knockdown Rebuild
- Armadale Victorian Style Renovation and Extension
- Period Home Restoration and Extension in Hawthorn
- Malvern East Californian Bungalow Extension
- Kew Victorian Home Renovation
- Brighton Period Home Renovation & Restoration
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