BINQ supplied a range of lift & slide and entry doors during the renovation of the Clifton Hill House in Melbourne.

Part of a row of late 19th century terraces, this heritage dwelling had gone through several renovations over the years. The latest renovation designed by Field Office Architecture aimed to strip back all the additions with only the original front two bedrooms retained in the house. The property’s location on a block with double-width proportions to the back opened up a number of opportunities in terms of how the architects approached the brief to create a new simple, modern, light-filled living, dining and kitchen area, along with a master bedroom and studio.

Once past the original part of the dwelling, the width of the block expands rapidly, presenting an ideal configuration to create a large, north-facing courtyard in this area with both the dining and living spaces connected directly. The dining area, which sits adjacent to the courtyard also acts as a ‘gallery’ of sorts with a number of original paintings by the client sitting bathed in the natural light from the courtyard, and a series of skylights above.

The living room is wrapped on either side with full height 3.0m double glazed timber lift & slide doors, which look northwards to the new courtyard as well as the south to the rear garden. Field Office Architecture also provided the landscape design for the project.

Level 1 houses the master bedroom and walk-in robe, along with a studio for the client. The controlled north-facing light to these rooms was critical for the owner and his work, as was the Juliet balcony to the bedroom, which can be left fully open in warm weather.

A combination of dark feature timber framing along with marine grade ply and rendered recycled brickwork makes up the primary material palette externally – a simple, affordable and robust selection that juxtaposes elegantly against the heritage part of the dwelling.