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Kensington Design has transformed a modest block into a functional and fabulous dwelling.
Kensington Design was enlisted to create a home for a
family of four. The family previously lived on a five-acre
property in the hills, so their new East Fremantle home
o ered a lifestyle change.
With the children at university and less available space
than before, the clients requested separate living areas
for the parents and the young adults. They wished to
preserve the indoor/outdoor lifestyle they had previously,
maximising the site's northern aspect and breeze
pathways, while maintaining their privacy.
Conceived and constructed in two halves, the residence
o ers a disconnection between the parents' and children's
areas, with the two spaces accessible by separate
stairways at either end. The ground floor living space,
located between the two halves, is a shared, common area.
Taking an eclectic cottage form with "attic" rooms
upstairs, the house settles comfortably into the
streetscape and successfully "bookends" the residential
neighbourhood at the junction of the town centre.
By combining an open kitchen, dining and living space,
the northern aspect is maximised and there is a
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