However, it’s the planning of the 8 Yard House, named after the number of outdoor areas provided, that was unique. “We wanted to take advantage of the northern light and strengthen the connection of each space to the garden (a collaboration with Peachy Green),” Mel says, who was also mindful of creating a similar scale of rooms to those found in a simple Victorian home.
So, from the moment one passes through the threshold, there’s a sense of intimacy. The main bedroom is located to one side of the front passage, and on the other side is a modest space used as a parent’s retreat. Complete with a wood-fire on a brick plinth, this room features timber wall strapping one could find in a period home. “I grew up in an old house. So there’s that sense of memory, but also warmth,” Mel says.