Classic Victorian meets modern edge
Victorian heritage charm meets modern minimalist design in this stunning single-fronted home, situated in the trendy Melbourne suburb of Albert Park. Designed and built by interior designer, Eve Gunson, from Dot + Pop, and her builder husband, Matt Benetti, from New Living Constructions, the property is a re-build of a Victorian terrace, complete with five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a double story extension and studio, located above the garage.
Originally built in the 1880’s the corner-block home had a shop front added during the 1950’s. “Over the years, the shop has housed a number of businesses, including a hairdresser, real estate agency and fruit shop. It was running as a bookshop when we first purchased it,” says Eve.
“Before we bought the property, we had extensive discussions with the City of Port Phillip Council planning and heritage advisors to ensure that we were permitted to demolish the shop front and restore the house back to its original heritage state.”
In keeping with the heritage regulations, Eve and Matt restored the façade, returning the front bedroom and hallway back to its original Victorian glory. The remainder of the property was then demolished, upgraded with a new, modern extension, adjoining the original front of the house.
A central courtyard joins the house to the garage, boasting a second-story studio, complete with two bedrooms and one bathroom. The garage and studio design is an exact mirror of the main house extension, both internally and on the outside.