When Melbourne-based firm Merrylees Architecture was tasked with giving on old Victorian home a modern makeover, they wanted to retain the home’s original features as much as possible. After stripping layers and layers of exterior paint off the home, the architects discovered that the original red bricks underneath were in excellent condition, leading the way for the Unbricked House’s rebirth, which included a number of restored and new materials.


brick home with wrap around terrace

brick home with wrap around terrace

When the homeowners of the 2,637 -square-foot home first contacted the architects, they requested that their beloved Victorian home be restored, but with a focus on maintaining the home’s charming character. Additionally, they wanted a new layout that would cater to their personal lifestyle and one that would be thermally-sound year round.

brick home with all glass back facade

brick home with all glass back facade

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Beginning on the exterior, the architects stripped the old paint completely off the red brick walls. Once they discovered the brick facade was in excellent condition, they decided to use it to establish a distinct connection between the old home and a new red brick addition, which would add more space and light to the family home.

living space with blue and white highlights

interior space wtih dining table

The second request from the client was to add as much natural light into the home as possible. With this in mind, the home’s new addition was made out of multiple black steel framed windows. According to the architects, “Early discussions about materiality lead to a combination of recycled red brick, black steel framed windows, blackened blackbutt and black metal trims. Contemporary yet sustainable materials; solid and everlasting just like the original home.”

kitchen with two hanging lamps

interior space with white and blue accents

To create a family-friendly layout, the living space was reconfigured to include large proportions on the areas that serve as communal spaces, the living room, kitchen, etc. These spaces are flooded with natural light thanks to not only the large glazed walls, but the strategically-placed skylights throughout the home. The interior design throughout the home is fresh and modern, with white walls, hints of a soothing light blue and light timber features.

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bedroom with wooden backboard and closet space

bathroom with dual sinks and large mirror

old home with wrap around terrace