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19th century terrace transformed into one-of-a-kind family home

19th century terrace transform...
King Bill includes a solar panel array and rainwater collection system
King Bill includes a solar panel array and rainwater collection system
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King Bill measures 407 sq m (4,380 sq ft)
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King Bill measures 407 sq m (4,380 sq ft)
King Bill was completed in January, 2018 
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King Bill was completed in January, 2018 
King Bill involved the renovation of a suburban terrace in Melbourne, Australia, into a one-of-a-kind home 
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King Bill involved the renovation of a suburban terrace in Melbourne, Australia, into a one-of-a-kind home 
The King Bill project came about when a family of four approached Austin Maynard Architects to extend an aging terrace, built around 1850
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The King Bill project came about when a family of four approached Austin Maynard Architects to extend an aging terrace, built around 1850
There's a lot going on with this busy project
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There's a lot going on with this busy project
Austin Maynard Architects went to great lengths to ensure that existing trees and plants weren't destroyed
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Austin Maynard Architects went to great lengths to ensure that existing trees and plants weren't destroyed
King Bill's mesh screen will eventually be covered in greenery 
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King Bill's mesh screen will eventually be covered in greenery 
Rainwater is collected and stored for use as toilet flushing water and irrigation for the garden
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Rainwater is collected and stored for use as toilet flushing water and irrigation for the garden
King Bill includes a solar panel array and rainwater collection system
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King Bill includes a solar panel array and rainwater collection system
The old stable building is now used as a garage and study, as well as the parents' bedroom and bathroom 
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The old stable building is now used as a garage and study, as well as the parents' bedroom and bathroom 
King Bill's original terrace house includes a kids room upstairs
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King Bill's original terrace house includes a kids room upstairs
Inside King Bill's study
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Inside King Bill's study
King Bill's net platform
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King Bill's net platform
King Bill's net platform seems a good place to hang out
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King Bill's net platform seems a good place to hang out
Another shot of King Bill's study
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Another shot of King Bill's study
Another of King Bill's bedrooms
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Another of King Bill's bedrooms
King Bill was completed in January, 2018
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King Bill was completed in January, 2018
King Bill measures 407 sq m (4,380 sq ft)
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King Bill measures 407 sq m (4,380 sq ft)
A glass corridor now links King Bill's stable to the original house
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A glass corridor now links King Bill's stable to the original house
King Bill also opens up to the outside 
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King Bill also opens up to the outside 
Another shot of King Bill's glass corridor 
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Another shot of King Bill's glass corridor 
Another shot of King Bill's glass corridor 
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Another shot of King Bill's glass corridor 
One of King Bill's stylish bathrooms
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One of King Bill's stylish bathrooms
Another stylish shot of one of King Bill's bathrooms
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Another stylish shot of one of King Bill's bathrooms
Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
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Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
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Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
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Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
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Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
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Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
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Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
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Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill
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Architectural drawing showing the layout and design of King Bill

Whether designing a new house or extending an existing home, Australia's Austin Maynard Architects' work is always interesting. The recently-completed King Bill is no exception. The project involved the renovation and extension of an old but fairly typical terraced house in Melbourne into something unique.

King Bill (named after the street it's located on) came about when a family commissioned Austin Maynard Architects to renovate and extend its aging terrace, originally constructed around 1850, into a "forever home." The family secured an adjacent empty plot was secured and also requested that a dilapidated stable on the site be incorporated, too.

There's a lot going on with this busy project but the most eye-catching area is the stable. Sporting a new distinctive metallic curved facade, the two-story structure serves as a garage and library downstairs, while the parents' bedroom and bathroom are located upstairs. A large net is also installed to provide a fun place for hanging out.

King Bill's net platform seems a good place to hang out
King Bill's net platform seems a good place to hang out

A glazed passage links the stable to the original house, which now features the children's bedroom, a music room, laundry room, and guest room. It also connects to an extension that contains the main kitchen, living and dining area. This shared family space opens up to the outside with operable glazing and sports a mesh screen that will eventually be covered in greenery.

It sounds like Austin Maynard Architects went to considerable lengths to ensure that existing trees and plants weren't destroyed during the job. The firm went so far as arranging the foundations and cantilevering the single-story extension to ensure roots weren't destroyed.

King Bill's mesh screen will eventually be covered in greenery 
King Bill's mesh screen will eventually be covered in greenery 

King Bill boasts a degree of sustainable design, too. Rainwater is channeled into an underground storage for toilet and irrigation use. A solar panel array is installed on the roof to cut down on mains electricity needs and a focus on maximizing passive ventilation and reducing solar heat gain ensures that air-conditioning use is minimized.

Source: Austin Maynard Architects

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