Since no part of the previous Eichler home on the lot could be used the architects planned for a brand new residence that drew inspiration from the form of the design of Joseph Eichler. With a gray exterior and a bright orange door the home looks just like a beautiful Eichler residence to those who quickly drive past it.
It is a global trend that has seen many of these classic heritage homes acquire a new lease on life and following these footsteps is the gorgeous that was revamped and extended by Blee Halligan. The modest extension gives the four-story residence a completely new ambiance and creates space for a cheerful modern dining area and kitchen that flow into the lush green garden.
A two-story vertical bar is the pivot around which the entire house is designed with one side of it containing the living areas and the others holding the service spaces. Two gardens one at the front and the other at the back provide plenty of space for the family members to enjoy the tranquil outdoors with the open living area acting as a bridge between the two. Internal partitions have been kept down to a minimum with even the top level only holding a single master bedroom along with an open sleeping space next to it.
Coming to the green credentials of the house it is passive heating and cooling technology coupled with top-notch insulation that ensure the temperature inside the home remains more or less constant during both the summer and winter months. With 35kW of solar panels providing more power than consumed by the household this Aussie home ends up keeping its carbon footprint down to an absolute minimum!
Converting the concrete firewater tank in the attic was another stroke of genius that gives the home an air of luxury while the boudoir-style bedroom clad in bright purple and pink takes you back in time almost instantly. With bookshelves crafted from reused structural beams and large industrial-style windows that usher in ample light this dashing loft brings together several different contrasting worlds in a grand fashion.
Connected by a stunning open wood-and-steel staircase that ends up being the most prominent feature of the rejuvenated the interior is filled with natural light which finds its way through the attic and the second level on to the bottom floor.
Some of the most iconic buildings of the world rely on their roofs to create this image of splendor and extravagance. While might not floor you with its sheer grandeur it does turn to a series of cantilevered timber-clad trapezoidal roof forms to fashion a series of open outdoor spaces and hangouts.