Featuring a sterling home addition, Herringbone House in Melbourne is a refurbished post-war home inspired by the diamond motif of the residence’s original front door. Envisioned by IF Architecture for a young family, the wood-clad facade of this modern dream home is exuberant, yet meshes well with the existing property.
Eco-efficiency was another factor in the build-out, including the north-facing exposure and utilization of low-e energy-efficient glass doors and windows, low VOC paints and the highlight, sustainable Shadowclad timber.
Set at an elegant diagonal, stained a rich chocolate hue and recessed within the wooden herringbone design, this exterior is stunning and I think definitely adds a fresh design perspective to an otherwise traditional suburban neighborhood. Similar cladding was also implemented across the interiors, adding a contemporary and stylish element to the home.
The front of the dwelling features the living room, bedrooms and master suite which were all renovated. To create a seamless entry into the new extension which now contains the open living area-kitchen, matching wood floors flow throughout. An entire wall of sliding glass doors fully opens from this shared space, allowing the outside deck and lawn to become a true extension of the family’s casual living zone.
A neutral color palette of furnishings and contemporary lighting fixtures further add to the relaxed, modern appeal. Exterior lighting along the cladding creates dramatic shadowing which engages the eye as the sky darkens.
The all-white kitchen is simplistic yet visually intriguing. The center island block juts out where a geometric slab of light wood meets it, resting upon it and creating a casual dining bar. Two designer transparent bar stools create further interest in this space.
The Herringbone House is a modern family dream home that was perked up with a vibrant redesign and then transformed into an overall beautiful architectural gem.