A modern extension that balances heritage preservation with contemporary living

Location & Brief

St Kilda West, Victoria

5 Bedroom 3 Bathroom 2 Living

Scope of Works

Architectural design



Interior Design

Setsquare Studio


Marnie Hawson

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6.6 Star NatHERS Rating

Saltbush balances heritage preservation with contemporary living, creating a peaceful and spacious urban retreat on a compact city site. A modern two-storey extension clad in recycled red brick and corrugated black roofing, harmonises with the painted brick and terracotta roof of the existing house. From the street, only a glimpse of the extension's tapered roof is visible, respectfully complimenting the heritage streetscape. Behind the existing facade, the extension slowly revealing itself as you move through the house, culminating in a tranquil backyard oasis. Bi-fold doors and windows in the living room expand the sense of space and blur the line between indoors and outdoors. A neutral interior palette fosters a tranquil atmosphere, seamlessly blending the old with the new.

see this home’s impact



impact over its lifetime

Measured by auditing tool, eTool


balloons of co2 gas removed from the atmosphere


Trees planted


the amount of zero energy Australian homes for a year


number of cars taken off the road

As a renovation project to an existing heritage home, it can sometimes be challenging to reach our carbon reduction targets. The existing house had a low energy rating due to lack of insulation and high performance glazing, while also being powered by a gas hot water system and heated by a gas-powered hydronic system.

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+61 3 9068 3030, or leave your details below.

Located at 11 Princes street, St Kilda, 3182, Victoria

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