BINQ windows and doors were specified for the renovation and extension of a period home in Castlemaine, Victoria. Located close to the centre of town, the neighbourhood is steeped in history, and exemplifies the distinctive character of Victoria’s goldmining past.

Once a tiny, rundown two-bedroom cottage, the period home drew the new owners who were charmed by its facade and history. Looking to preserve its historical character, they decided to retain the existing house rather than demolish it. Instead, they added a large contemporary extension and pool to the rear.

When viewed from the street, the house shows very little change; however, the property is full of surprises and exemplifies how to sensitively respond to a location without sacrificing anything when it comes to lifestyle.

Advantage Draft Design, who worked on the renovation and extension, has designed the house for entertaining, with clever partitioning separating the original property with its private master suite and sitting room from the modern, Scandinavian-inspired extension where living, dining, kitchen (including wine cellar) and bathroom spaces open to a stunning outdoor living area including a pool and landscaped gardens.

The architects have prioritised clean simple lines, a restrained material palette and a focus on form and function, with the flow between the old and the new, indoors and out integral to the success of the design.

Large BINQ double glazed windows from the Archetto Series flood the interior spaces with light, drawing the eye to the sparkling pool and serving as extra seating with their hardwearing DuPont Corian sills. Bi-fold doors from the Azione Series have also been used extensively in the house. The suspended fireplace, designed by world-renowned French brand Focus, is both functional and a design feature. In the kitchen, DuPont Corian benchtops and integrated appliances combined with perfectly and precisely aligned drawers, create a seamless appearance.