Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style
Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living

Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living

From 1930s abode to modern chic

Written by –
Vanessa Louie
on November 11th 2017
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Clerestory House

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There’s no place like home. Especially when home is a place rich in family history and heritage. Visiting your family home is an occasion to reminisce about fond memories, and a chance to rediscover your family’s past. But preserving the family home isn’t an easy feat, particularly for an interwar heritage home built in the 1930s.

 

For homeowners of the Clerestory House in Australia, this meant making room to accommodate large family gatherings as well as redesigning the home’s layout to allow for multi-generational living. With the help of Lai Cheong Brown, the heritage home was given new life to suit contemporary living, while carefully integrating the Art Deco motifs of the original home. Let’s take a tour around the home.

Clerestory House by Lai Cheong Brown | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style

From the outside, the home boasts a facade typical of houses in the interwar years. It’s a familiar sight to many families, with its clinker brick walls and chimney. Coming to this renovation, the designers knew its historic structure meant any refurbishment had to be carefully planned, and the extension well integrated. After repairing the tile roof and replacing the wrought iron gates, the exterior is restored to its former glory without giving away hints of renovation.

Hallway | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style

The entrance opens into an octagonal vestibule. It stretches out to a modern hallway featuring wooden floor panels and walnut veneered walls that conceal doors and storage spaces.

Home Office | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style

A quiet study is also located near the front door, away from the common areas. Inside, a long-modern desk is installed with a custom storage system in a light oak finish.

Home Office | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style

The study features a muted green backdrop complemented with soft lighting. On the right, a door connects the study to the pantry – allowing for easy access.

Hallway | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style
Clerestory windows in open plan living and dining area | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style

The open plan living and dining space is one of the home’s most stunning features. With a raised ceiling and clerestory windows, the room draws in plenty of natural light making it perfect for gatherings with extended family.

Clerestory windows in open plan living and dining area | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style
Open plan kitchen and dining area | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style
Open plan kitchen and dining area | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style
Open plan kitchen and dining area | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style

The house is home to a retiring couple and an adult family member who requires separate accommodation within the house. To solve this, Lai Cheong Brown created an integrated apartment that includes its own bedroom, bathroom, laundry and kitchen facilities which offer enough privacy for the adult family member. On the other hand, the new extension serves as the couple’s dedicated space with the master bedroom and en suite, the private sitting room and the rest of the common living areas.

Colorful kitchen backsplash with yellow and blue tiles | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style

Contrary to the natural wood and white palette of the rest of the living space, the kitchen boasts a colorful backsplash with pops of yellow and blue.

Snug living room with fireplace and red floor rug | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style

A small snug was also designed to give the couple a quiet space for rest and relaxation. Here, we see the use of mid-century modern furniture pieces consistent with the rest of the home.

 

Blue and gray geometric bathroom tiles | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style
Blue and gray geometric bathroom tiles | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style

The bathroom also sports a playful geometric tiled wall. From a distance, the blue to white gradient gives off an impression of continuous movement.

White subway tiles in the bathroom | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style
Purple mosaic bathroom tiles with Art deco themed details in sink and mirror | Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style

The guest powder room by the main corridor is not to be missed either. It features a bold purple mosaic backsplash with gold mirror details offering a refreshing view that’s truly modern.

Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style
Interwar Heritage Home Turned Multi-Generational Space for Modern Living | NONAGON.style

It’s inspiring to see heritage homes retain their structure, while still adapting to contemporary lifestyles. Without a doubt, the homeowners and their family will enjoy spending quality time together in their newly renovated home.

 

Are you a fan of historic homes? What do you think of the Clerestory House? Don’t hesitate to tell us in the comments or see what your friends think and share it on Facebook. For more home tours like this one, have a look at this historic Eichler home re-fit for the future. Remember you can follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or sign up to save your favorite posts with your own NONAGON.style User Profile.

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