Monday, July 20, 2009

A Seamless Transition?

Absolutely not! But I'm so impressed with the way in which a new wing has been linked to the original building, a pretty mid-Victorian cottage complete with eye-lash verandah in the gorgeous suburb of South Yarra in Melbourne. It's bold, modern & light-filled, & yet sits so comfortably with the main house. The land obviously slopes down at the rear, so the Architect was able to play with the different levels, incorporating a lap pool & interesting decks & entertaining levels as well as the new 2-storey addition with home theatre & gym. Bordered by the meandering Yarra River, in walking distance to the fabulous shopping precincts of Chapel St. & Toorak Rd. & a few minutes from the CBD, South Yarra has always been high on my list of Melbourne favourites.

Garden by Andrew Renn

Images: R.T. Edgar


  1. What a cute little house, I love the veranda overlooking the garden!

  2. Hi Millie,

    I prefer the Victorian part of the house.
    Love the deck with the table and chairs overlooking the garden.

    Have a great week

  3. Having designed and built the garden for the owners, its nice to see it maturing as I thought it would. Andrew Renn
    Andrew Renn Design
    03 98199499

  4. Hi Millie
    Hope you are fully recovered . Thanks for the images
    Kind Regards

  5. What a gorgeous house....I have a Victorian house and love all of the original features but I so love the modern additions that this house has.....and I love verandas...something that we rarely see on a house , here in the U.K....I suppose our weather and style of living doesn't lend itself to verandas but I wish it did....I would like nothing better than to sit on a rocking chair ,with a glass of something nice, pondering the day , knowing that I had that wonderful house to go back into....that's the trouble with blogs....they make me want a different style of house everyday...thanks for sharing such a fabulous house , Mills ( I'm calling you that as I like the way you call me Jac !!!) and I'm so sorry that I have written another great long comment...I can't help it!!!. XXXX

  6. Oh wow, beautifully the floors too :)

  7. What a beautiful house. It's so fresh and open looking!

  8. Very clever design which lets in so much light. I love the way the garden designer found this post - what a small world it is!
    Clare x

  9. A very groovy transition MIllie, xv.

  10. Fabulous - love all those different levels. And Andrew, the garden is great!

  11. There is a lot to like about this house. I do like the victorian era homes and love the verandah. Actually it has just about everything i would want, including the lap pool!! Just need a sea view and I can move right in. Thanks again for your kind comments. I will be telling my brother who's comment was... 'oh... it's not very sharp!' [family!]

  12. Perfect! A smooth transition from one room to the next.

  13. What an interesting combo... not something I would personally want to live with, but I appreciate it's beauty for others!

  14. i'd never leave! except to sit on the porch after i swam laps. how beautiful. pam

  15. Well, with a deep pocket and living in South Yarra? I love to.

    Old style (Victorian) meet the cyber style. What a cool transition!

    Hope you had a wonderful w/end and have a blissful week ahead.


  16. I lived in South Yarra in the 70's. It was a wonderful row house on Cunningham Street. Everything about that house and that neighborhood has stayed with me for 35 years. It was very special.


And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
~W.H. Auden

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