Special Feature: Swanbourne – Modern Meets the 1800’S
36 Devon Rd, Swanbourne WA
Price: High $2mil’s Offers Invited
Lighthouse Architecture & Interior Design: Lendis Golic. Tel: 0407 406 389
Land area 714 sqm
Marrying successfully this charming original weatherboard with the finest in contemporary design. We chat to the owner Lendis Golic who is the architect behind this much loved extensive extension and renovation.
Being both the architect and client what where the essential elements you wanted to create and feature in your home design?
Passion for the old timber houses and particularly this house with its rich history, beautiful detailed handmade carpentry, unique features like pressed tin on walls and ceilings , unusual roof with seven gables led us to brave but a bit crazy decision to make it ours.
The conservation of the original house with new electrical and plumbing services took 12 months.
The need for contemporary family living resulted in addition clearly differentiated from the original highly detailed style.
My design philosophy has developed from the utmost respect for the original heritage home implementing rules like minimal impact on original home, and new works to be clearly different from the original style.
The single story addition still has 5 m high ceilings to match the volume of original home, the materials chosen match original home but in contemporary manner.
Describe the special characteristics this house offers potential buyers.
It is a heritage house with contemporary addition, the best of the both worlds. It will appeal to people with style and respect for old houses , who appreciate the history of this unique home but do not want to make it into museum. Each room is used and lived in.
It features: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, library, study, 2 living areas, kids retreat area, large kitchen with Miele appliances, large laundry, temperature control wine cool room, powder room, separation of parents children areas, cavity sliding doors to separate the areas of the house, outdoor north and south courtyards with covered alfresco with BBQ, pizza oven and sink. Spa with cedar sauna. Oversized garage for 3 small cars. Ducted air conditioning throughout addition and floor reverse cycle air conditioning units to each room in original home. The motorized louvers control the ventilation through the addition, 5KW solar inverter and 25 solar panels provides energy for the house.
The finishes to addition are all natural materials as timber and stone, elegant and timeless. 4 working original firplaces.
The outdoors are private with mature trees combination of timber decking, granite cobblestone, recycled limestone garden walls and water feature. All fitted with lights.
The living in this place is easy, large families can be together in open living /dining/ kitchen or everyone can retreat to their quoters.
What’s your favourite part of this house and why?
All of the house is my favourite as every room still has the surprise factor. Original house has so much detail that you can not get tired of and fills you with warmth. The new parts are elegant and understated and transcend effortlessly from the original home with abundance of design features to make it comfortable and enjoyable.
Sitting in living area or dining looking towards the original house lounge with detail fire place , pressed tin walls , the transition from very modern, sleek , but organic interior to very detailed , old interior. Or sitting in courtyard by double sided fireplace facing old flame tree and viewing modern addition and old house as one.
Name the key materials you used throughout and why?
The material for addition was selected to compliment the original home hence weatherboard cladding where new meets old but in contemporary fashion , timber doors and windows , metal roof. It is combination of the cavity insulated brick rendered walls and steel stud walls with timber cedar windows and 12mm thick glass to maintain energy efficiency of the home. The stud walls with weatherboard cladding on outside were chosen as interpretation of the original house fabric. The cedar oversized contemporary windows and doors also link to timber windows and doors of the original
Internally the use of coloured glass again interprets the stained glass on original home. The finishes are all natural materials like stone and timber and linen for furnishing.
The process was exhausting but extremely rewarding being able to conserve and protect the historic home. Our effort was recognised by Town of Claremont awarding Civic Design Award for Conservation of the Timber Heritage Places.
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Agency: William Porteous Properties
Agent: Peter Robertson