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A Modern Addition & Renovation to an Edwardian House

Located in the Melbourne, Australia suburb of Elsternwick, the Edwards Residence, an existing Edwardian house, received a major renovation and addition by b.e architecture. Most of the original house was saved with changes being made that still respected the history of the home. Part of the second story was removed to make the new design work. Despite having historic elements and a modern extension, the two parts blend seamlessly.

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The new living spaces on the back of the house, which consist of a kitchen, living room, and dining room, transition to a covered, L-shaped pavilion, extending the square footage.

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In line with other homes in the area, the extension features painted wood ceilings that run the length of the structure. The white contrasts with the vertical black steel that clads the new second floor bedroom wing and the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors.

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Coved cornices were used through creating continuity between the spaces.

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Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.