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The Perfect Blend of Old and New: Wheatland House by Tom Robertson Architects

Wheatland House, Melbourne, AUS / Tom Robertson Architects

Tom Ross

Nestled in a quiet street surrounded by trees in the inner south-east of Melbourne, lies a cozy and bright family home. Wheatland House is a stunning renovation project by Tom Robertson Architects that seamlessly merges the old and new, with the original heritage building meticulously restored and a new extension added to form a charming and practical dwelling for families.

Wheatland House, Melbourne, AUS /  Tom Robertson Architects

The clients also wanted a sensory direction that would make the house feel calming and soft to the touch. The new addition is hidden from the street and constructed with crisp brick walls to provide a sense of security and permanence. The interior is bathed in warm hues and natural light, creating a peaceful and liveable space.

Wheatland House, Melbourne, AUS /  Tom Robertson Architects

The original heritage house has been retained, with four bedrooms and a large home office. Three children’s bedrooms sit triangulated to the family bathroom, separate powder room, and central laundry.

Wheatland House, Melbourne, AUS /  Tom Robertson Architects

The lower part of the house boasts a large living room that cascades down from the original dwelling, with a northern window opening to a small pocket garden. The adjacent kitchen flows to the dining zone, and a garage offers rear laneway access.

Wheatland House, Melbourne, AUS /  Tom Robertson Architects

Glazed sliding doors from the living and kitchen areas spill onto an outdoor terrace and garden area. The result is a sense of order that brings two architectural eras together, meeting the client’s practical needs and enriching their daily lives.