Projects: Period Style

Beaver Street, Essendon

This new residence combines the traditional elegance and grandeur of the Edwardian era with a contemporary open plan design layout throughout the whole interior.

Designed by local Essendon architect Robert Wignall, this exquisite 690 m2 home comprises five double bedrooms, four north-facing living areas, and three bathrooms. The upper floor constructed in a loft style within the 35 degree terracotta roof and features decorative dorma windows, large gables, chimneys and balcony terrace overlooking the quiet Aberfeldie Street.

The home incorporates a large 270 m2 basement floor under the house - big enough to accommodate eight cars a generous home office and workshop area for the owner or simply a play room for the children on those wet Melbourne days.

Environmental design features include a 4000 litre stormwater tank and grey water recycling system, and a ring main plumbing system to maximise water conservation for this young family.

Major living areas within the home are oriented directly to the northern aspect of the large 900m2 block to maximise solar-efficiency of the home. Broad return verandahs along both northern and western facades provide summer time protection from harsh sunlight and glare whilst allowing winter sunlight to permeate deeply into the living areas to minimise energy consumption.

Amenities within the home include hydronic heating with floor-mounted Floreal units, and an Olin combined hot water and boiler unit. Deep profile cornices, ceiling panels and architraves are a special feature of the ground floor as is the use of spotted gum on the flooring and expansive ornate staircase.

Fittings in sympathy with the overall Edwardian style combine with modern telecommunications wiring, appliances and low maintenance finishes to underline the timeless quality and appeal of this beautiful 21st century home.