Federation Architecture in Australia
It was in 1901 that Australia’s territories united, forming a federation and creating the constitution and country we know today. The architecture of this time embraced the verandas and natural flora and fauna. You see lattice fences, Queen Anne style homes with gables, and plenty of bungalows. These are all commonplace features of federation era homes. This home tour is a beautiful melding history and modernity, an eclectic federation bungalow home renovation that doesn’t pit styles against each other.
Bungalow Home Renovation
This bungalow in Perth held on to many memories, from the flood and fire damaged parts of the home, and the old stable which had become structurally unsound after 100 years. The home owners loved the shape of the home, but wanted to make it more adaptable to modern living.
Old and New Elements
Goodbye to the mandarin tree, the grapevines and the laundry room. No more outdoor toilet, either! These parts of the bungalow were removed to make a more contemporary space. A master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom has been added on.
That’s not to say everything was stripped away from the house, though. The tall arches in the hallway, doorways, neo-Corinthian pillars in the front, and the 1960s-era flat veranda roof; these were all kept in the new rendition of the home for an eclectic elegance.
Construction and the Kitchen
The new designs were created by architecture firm Vittino Ashe. The driving force behind the studio is a goal to elevate the everyday. With this in mind, one of the major overhauls in the home was at its heart; the kitchen.
The kitchen cabinetry is new, albeit with a nod to mid-century modern styling. While the main layout of the home remained, with the kitchen, living room and dining area all roughly where they were before, some of the outside walls were extended to create more room. An additional veranda was added to the back to create a covered outdoor area.
The practical reasons for having a lot of open indoor-to-outdoor spaces are supported by the aesthetics too. To have the breeze pass through the home, provides a natural air conditioning unit. Score one for nature.
The open plan format also allows for a united family zone, as this tot can show you!
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That’s not to say everything is open plan! A quiet nook in the back, behind the kitchen cabinet, creates a private spot. Making aware that there is less natural light, the room works well as a TV room or when the homeowners need a quiet spot.
Bathrooms remain neutral but striking in their play with light and shadow, thanks to the skylight.
One of my favorite bits of the house is seeing the simplicity of the construction, the bungalow with a low roof, rooms flowing through the property and a veranda to enjoy the outside under the shade.
The modern comforts blend well in this federation bungalow home, with a renovation that brings an elegance to the house.