By removing an abundance of over-the-top decorative mouldings, Robson Rak Architects completely transformed an 80s mock Georgian style house in Melbourne into a clean modern space with a 2016 aesthetic. After considering a tear down of their home of 30 years, the owners decided on a complete refurbishment instead. Traditional doors and windows were removed and updated with steel floor-to-ceiling frames and flamed granite and oak floors replaced tiled Carrara marble adding a neutral harmonious tone. Walls were torn down revealing larger, more expansive rooms that create a better flow and spacious feel. With the new, clean bare walls, the limited palette allowed the materials – steel, granite and oak – to create a crisp mood and finish. The large paned windows off the kitchen allow easy access to a newly landscaped garden with herbs, and fruit trees.
photography: Brooke Holm