A modern extension inspired by Scandinavian design

Location: Castlemaine
Architect: Advantage Design Draft
Key features: DuPont™ Corian® stone benches and window sills/seats, integrated joinery, polished concrete slab, Cemintel Barestone™ external prefinished panelsColorbond® roofing, Silvertop Ash batton screening, weatherboard cladding, Binq double glazed Lift Slide doors and windows, Focus suspended fireplace imported from France.

A period home close to the centre of town with no heritage overlays isn’t easy to find in a place like Castlemaine. Steeped in history, the area exemplifies the distinctive character of Victoria’s goldmining era.

The owners of this home, once a tiny, run-down two-bedroom cottage, were charmed by the property’s facade and its history. They opted to retain rather than demolish the existing house instead adding a large contemporary extension and pool to the rear.

From the street you’d be forgiven for thinking very little has changed, but this is a property full of surprises. It’s a great example of how to sensitively respond to a location without sacrificing anything when it comes to lifestyle.

Designed for entertaining, clever partitioning separates the original property with its private master suite and sitting room from the modern, Scandinavian-inspired extension where living, dining, kitchen (including wine cellar) and bathroom spaces open to a stunning outdoor living area including a pool and landscaped gardens.

Every inch of space is polished and considered with clean simple lines, a restrained material palette and a focus on form and function above all else.

The flow between the old and the new, indoors and out is integral to the success of this design.

The large Binq double glazed windows flood the space with light, draw the eye to the sparkling pool and serve as extra seating with their hardwearing DuPont™ Corian® sills. The suspended fireplace, designed by world-renowned French brand Focus, is both functional and a design feature. In the kitchen, DuPont™ Corian® benchtops, integrated appliances and a focus on absolute precision, with every drawer in perfect alignment, creates a seamless appearance.

Outside, Cemintel Barestone™ external prefinished panels provide a raw, contemporary finish that will weather naturally and contrast beautifully with the Silvertop Ash batton screening and weatherboard cladding.

What has been achieved is a unique, flexible home able to cater to large groups or intimate gatherings. Where every detail has been carefully considered and expertly executed to achieve the client’s vision.

My experience with Edifice went above and beyond.
I was selling my house and moving into a rental property that needed renovations for wheelchair access. I had been working through the process to have modifications approved but was running out of time.
With only three weeks left I contacted Dugald. Not only did he find a way to complete the modifications in time; we were also able to negotiate a payment arrangement around the sale and settlement of my property. This was outstanding service and relieved a lot of stress for me.
I would recommend Edifice to anybody. They truly are accessible. They care about the person as well as the job.

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