Australian firm Dan Gayfer Design has recently completed the renovation and extension project of a Victorian-era dwelling in Melbourne’s Fritzroy North suburb. Only the original front two rooms were retained, the new addition meeting the requirements of a young couple that, planning a family, were intent on taking terrace living to a new level.

Designed to maximise natural light on the narrow five-metre-wide plot, the block features skylights and expansive windows, as well as a central courtyard between the old and new structures.

Significant emphasis was placed upon encouraging interaction in all living spaces. Ledges, steps, lounges, and benches are all purposefully located to facilitate and promote conversation and activity between occupants. The design of interior and exterior elements are tailored towards the client’s everyday living and movement patterns, including custom seating on the rear and rooftop terraces.

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