Concealed from the street, the transformation of a 1920s Californian Bungalow in Melbourne's inner north is both highly personalised for the needs of its dwellers, and deliberately modest.

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Architect: Architect Hewson
Location: Thornbury Victoria , Australia
Year: 2017
Project size: 101sqm
Site size: 391sqm
Photography: Jack Lovel

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

From the architect: An 'alteration and addition', the project takes its cue from the 'lean-to' form common to homes of this era, where service rooms and open verandah spaces were located at the rear under a pitched roof leant against an east west gable roof line. A 'lean-to' addition now stretches across the rear of the block and introduces an articulated northern elevation. Spaces within are arranged under the pitch according to tasks: low in the kitchen and pantry/storage; high in the sitting and living areas.

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

A new entry hallway is inserted between two bedrooms while a third bedroom is remodelled to create a laundry and pantry. Twin openings facing the garden provide places to sit and places to grow herbs and flowers.

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

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Rennie Street Thornbury Victoria by Architect Hewson

Concealed from the street, the transformation of a 1920s Californian Bungalow in Melbourne's inner north is both highly personalised for the needs of its dwellers

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