Standing out from the crowd

Its seems that every period house in Melbourne has undergone some sort of facelift in the renovation revolution of recent decades.

Buff up the floors, stir in some natural light and sprinkle on some stainless steel appliances and there you have it as a tarted up old house ready to earn its keep on the property market.

They may be beautiful but it’s easy to become nonchalant, until you stumble upon a renovation that is truly special. Just one in a long line of cute single-fronted houses, this unassuming facade gives no clue of the sexy, contemporary space it hides out back.

Architect Matt Gibson has dragged this Victorian sweetie into the modern world by combining his eye for millennium detail and his love of the Albert Park beachside lifestyle.

Sleek as can be, the living space at the back of this house features a stylish, open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge room that flows effortlessly through bi-fold glass doors to a courtyard garden oasis.

The heritage-listed houses that line Albert Park’s tight maze of streets have staved off development, ensuring the suburb remains a peaceful pocket except, of course, that one weekend in March when the grand prix comes to town.

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