There are plenty of occasions when we have seen a dreary heritage home being transformed into a stylish contemporary residence that retains the charm of the original construction. But it is rare to find one of these classic homes being altered into a modern house that is also energy-savvy and planet-friendly. Revamped and extended by Tziallas Omeara Architecture Studio the in Australia is one such rare gem that utilizes green technology and smart design to alter its existing ambiance and effectively become a zero-energy home!
As is the case with many of these traditional heritage homes the homeowners of the Bundaroo House wanted to keep the street façade of the residence intact and it is the rear addition and extension that brings an air of freshness and modernity.
Dubbed the original apartment was renovated way back in the 70’s and with time poorly planned additions and restorations turned it into a dark and boring space. Its new owners wanted a refreshing bright and inviting interior where the original charm of the loft was preserved enhanced and married with breezy modernity.
To further improve ventilation without sacrificing space the old light shaft was replaced by a cool walkable glass slab on the second level. The attic-level bedrooms enjoy a flood of natural light thanks to the presence of six roof windows even as the original timber structure here was preserved and restored. Repairs to the roof were carried out to improve the insulation of the house and avoid any future leaks while a simple color palette and Scandinavian-style décor give the home an inviting and polished appeal.
It is the series of stepped wooden shelves that transform the interior of this home and every level of the house is altered by their presence. On the lower level the series of shelves acts as a display unit for the living room and also doubles as a staircase railing that seems to flow into the second floor.
With the glass roof also bringing in ample natural light the new interior is instantly more cheerful modern and relaxing. Acting as a transitional zone between the existing house and the lovely garden this glassy extension also doubles as a cool family hangout.
Here the shelves are transformed into smart storage units and room dividers that combine form and function in an effortless manner. To highlight the presence of these custom shelves even further a pillar at the entrance of the house is completely covered in mirrors giving those who step in an instant view of the masterful creation.