Swan Bay (Queenscliff) Renovation




With sweeping views over Swan Bay this heritage listed home was originally built in the early 1900’s. By the time the LB Building team came to work on her, she was showing her age with holes in the floor, damp throughout and an external staircase with no stairs as the only way to enjoy her magnificent view. The owners could see her potential though, and envisioned a family home where their adult children would have plenty of room to visit, and work from home would be enjoyable with a study overlooking Swan Bay.

LB Building has plenty of experience with heritage listed homes, so set to work marrying the existing home to the new extension at the rear, and gently removing and replacing the weatherboards at the front façade.

At the centre of the house the new kitchen and living area are flooded with natural light, absorbed by polished concrete floors for passive heating and cooling. A handcrafted stone wall creates privacy and a feature for the outdoor courtyard area.

There is a clear delineation between old and new throughout the house, but they have been combined with thoughtful consideration. The Tasmanian Oak staircase draws the use of timber from the existing home into the new addition and continues upstairs into the study and bathrooms. A handcrafted recycled messmate vanity unit sits alongside a refurbished clawfoot bath in the main bathroom and bluestone tiles are continued from the downstairs bathroom onto the hearth that sits in front of the open fire in the Master bedroom.

The proportion of this extension is grand, but it has been cleverly designed to sit gracefully behind the heritage façade, maintaining the historic streetscape that Queenscliff is known for whilst also providing this family the space that it requires.

LB Building was the proud winner of the 2017 HIA Western Victoria Renovation/Addition project over $400,001 for the works completed on this home.

Photo credit: Black & White Real Estate Marketing

Design Credit: Brett Drayton, Treadlite Designs