New lease on life for rundown Edwardian in St Kilda East
A Melbourne architect is selling the St Kilda East residence he converted from a rundown Edwardian into a contemporary home that fuses classic and modern elements.
The single-fronted period house at 18 McHenry St underwent a massive transformation which involved “completely gutting and redoing” the house, according to vendor and architect Peter Knights of Taylor Knights.
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“It was quite rundown and there had been an extension in the 1970s or 1980s that lowered the ceilings and boxed it in,” Mr Knights said.
“We redid the whole house, we wanted to marry together the heritage features with something that is contemporary.”
And that is what they did.
The interior space cleverly harnesses natural light through skylights in the void above the kitchen.
“The skylights are south facing and the curved ceiling is a way of expressing the light,” Mr Knights said.
Period touches include high ceilings, detailed cornices and solid timber floors, while a modern take on a bay window gives a hint of something special behind the facade.
McGrath St Kilda East agent Josh Stirling said the front bay window with day bed was a really good design feature.
“It is a really high quality reno and an amazing transformation that commands a bit of attention,” Mr Stirling said.
The floorplan includes a formal lounge room, two bedrooms and a bathroom off the side hallway that leads into the open-plan kitchen, meals area and lounge room.
Upstairs is the main bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, study and storage space.
The property is going to auction on May 11 at 11.30am with price hopes of $1.9 million to $2.09 million.