Lake Wendouree House

Porter Architects worked closely with their clients to create a more light-filled and modern space in a 1940s existing Ballarat home that had been thoughtfully cared for since its original construction.

  • area / size 2,691 sqft
  • Year 2018
  • Location Ballarat, Australia,
  • Type House,
  • When Tom and Meeghan McInerney bought a 1940s house in Lake Wendouree it was, despite its age, anything but a renovator’s delight. Previously owned by two sisters who had lived there for 60 years, the property had been extremely well looked after, even coming with a maintenance record that detailed such upkeep as biannual repainting.

    The original timber panelling and ornate plaster work on the ceiling was also in pristine condition. Nevertheless, the couple were keen to create a light, modern space within their new family home, and Ballarat architect Nathan Porter shared their vision.

    The plan was to create two architecturally delineated zones, the original front with bedrooms, bathrooms and a study, leading to a contemporary, naturally lit extension. The existing hardwood floors that were in perfect condition at the front of the house were matched with recycled floorboards in the rear extension, creating a common thread which works for both zones and unifies the new and the old. The bedrooms have been treated to contemporary en suites, with on-trend black tap fittings and classic wall tiles sourced by the couple.

    Generously-sized windows look out onto the north facing backyard, this larger living space where the family has spent plenty of time since moving in at the end of March this year.

    A small courtyard created by two little zones gives clear surveillance over the backyard and lets Tom and Meeghan supervise their young daughters without hovering over them. Timber panelling breaks up the expanse of brickwork on the facade, while reclaimed 1940s bricks were laid in a contemporary pattern to continue the union between the old and the new.

    Design: Porter Architects
    Photography: Derek Swalwell