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Modscape Adds A Timber-Clad Extension To A Family House In Melbourne

Ivanhoe House Extension in Melbourne, Modscape

John Madden

Tucked neatly behind a weatherboard house in Melbourne’s leafy north-east sits a two-story modular extension designed by Australian firm Modscape that is bold yet refined.

In need of extra space for their growing family, the clients decided to employ a modular solution and extend their home rather than move. The extension is open, filled with natural light and beautifully compliments its leafy suburban location.

 Ivanhoe House Extension in Melbourne, Modscape

A new double-height entrance space has been created in the middle of the house providing a clean separation and demarcation between existing and new. As soon as you walk in the front door, your eye is drawn up to the circular skylight which casts directed light to the open stairs below. To accommodate for the sloping site, the extension is terraced down the block with a slight change in levels between the original house (which has now become the kids domain), the entrance way and the new modular living area. This helps to subtly define different zones, while the same Oak flooring used throughout provides continuity and flow.

 Ivanhoe House Extension in Melbourne, Modscape

Just beyond the new entrance foyer is the heart of the home – a large kitchen. From the outset, the clients’ brief revolved around this space with the arrangement, layout and finishes carefully considered. With ample storage space provided in the butler’s pantry, the kitchen is big enough for the whole family to cook, gather and socialize. The heroes of the space are the large floor-to-ceiling windows that capture clear vistas into the beautifully landscaped backyard and surrounding trees. Cornerless sliding doors in the dining area provide a seamless transition from outside to in – the result is a relaxed, light-filled gathering space with a fantastic outlook and connection to the external spaces.

 Ivanhoe House Extension in Melbourne, Modscape

Sustainably-sourced Blackbutt timber and Colorbond Diversaclad marry in harmony in this home. Yet it’s when the first-floor timber form starts to curve and becomes a battened screen that gives way to the house’s personality. The screen is practical too – it provides additional sun shading and privacy ensuring there are no overlooking issues into the neighbor’s backyard. For the adults, the master suite upstairs offers a peaceful haven, cantilevering out to the garden.

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