Melbourne interior design studio SR&O revive a 1970s townhouse in South Yarra for a young growing family.
Although dated and disconnected, the original bones of this inner-city Melbourne townhouse presented functional opportunities to work with. Facing north, the compact 155sqm home already featured an internal courtyard, pitched ceilings and full-height doors and windows. Highlighting the home’s original features through a contemporary colour palette with accents of the 70s and Scandinavian design, SR&O have created an inviting place to grow up in.
SR&O director Sarah Reid says it was important they didn’t completely discard the 1970s charm that made the client initially fall in love with the home. “We focused on the qualities of the home that had drawn the clients to it in the first place, such as the timber detailing, abundance of natural light and visibility to the internal courtyards,” Sarah says.
The unconventional floorplan added a layer of complexity to the redesign of the home, as no two walls were parallel. The bedrooms and bathrooms were already optimally positioned at the front of the home and separated from the central living area. SR&O opened up the kitchen, living and dining room to maximise the light from the courtyard, allowing the statement two-tone kitchen island bench to shine upon entry into the home. The laundry is now tucked neatly behind the kitchen along with a modest bar at the end of the corridor, opening up directly onto the outdoor space.