Text by Third Element Studio
Nestled within the Mornington Peninsula suburb of McCrae, Wattle 19 was an original mid-century home that underwent a contemporary coastal renovation and extension. The home owners engaged Third Element Studio for their renovation/extension project with a brief to honour the original style of the house, whilst creating a distinctly modern, Palm-Springs inspired feel.
On taking on the project, Third Element Director Tristan Morphett said “The Wattle 19 project was initially challenging, as the design of the existing house didn’t fit with the family’s functional needs. The irregular, low-lying block with a large easement presented initial challenges and prompted a boundary-pushing response from our team”.
By using clever transitions and angling the proposed extension, we were able to open up the main living space and create a greater connection to the outdoor entertaining areas. This repositioning also allowed the extended roof to be built independently of the existing roofline, allowing the ceiling height to be raised and exposed rafters to become a striking feature of the home.
Installing glazed windows to filter the natural light, promote airflow and allow cross ventilation throughout the home, whilst drawing attention to the established garden. Natural finishes such as timber, leather and handmade tiles completed the space, creating a warm and inviting holiday feel.
After a full refresh, stepping into this family home evokes the feeling of checking into a boutique hotel. It’s a stunning retreat and a delight for the senses.
Photos by Robert Walsh