A Contemporary Addition Opens This House To The Backyard

What was once a duplex has now been transformed into a single family home by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects, with a extension that opens up the living and dining room to the backyard.

Photography by Prue Ruscoe

 

What was once a duplex has now been transformed into a single family home by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects.

The facade of the 1920s brick duplex apartment building in Sydney, Australia, was modified to kept the same character as the existing building.

 

The facade of this 1920s brick duplex apartment building in Sydney, Australia, was modified to kept the same character as the existing building.

Photography by Prue Ruscoe

At the rear of the home, the ground floor was opened up to the backyard and swimming pool, and a new extension housing the living room and dining room was added.


At the rear of this renovated duplex, the ground floor was opened up to the backyard and swimming pool, and a new extension housing the living room and dining room was added.

Photography by Prue Ruscoe

A covered patio area extends the living area outdoors, and provides shade on hot summer days.


A covered patio area extends the living area of this renovated house to the outdoors, and provides shade on hot summer days.

Photography by Prue Ruscoe

Large sliding glass doors open up the living room the backyard, and a wooden accent wall breaks up the light interior palette. Built-in storage in the wooden wall creates a space to display personal items.


Large sliding glass doors open up this living room the backyard, and a wooden accent wall breaks up the light interior palette. Built-in storage in the wooden wall creates a space to display personal items.

Photography by Prue Ruscoe

Opposite the wooden wall is another wall with hidden storage, and a dark wood dining table with white chairs make up the dining room.


A wooden wall with hidden storage, and a dark wood dining table with white chairs make up this dining room.

Photography by Prue Ruscoe

Next to the dining room is the kitchen. Original elements of the duplex have been kept, like the ceiling and the brick fireplace, while minimalist cabinetry and light countertops create a modern kitchen.


Original elements of the renovated duplex have been kept, like the ceiling and the brick fireplace, while minimalist cabinetry and light countertops create a modern kitchen.

Photography by Prue Ruscoe

Simple light wood stairs and handrail as well as white painted brick lead you up to the second floor of the home.


Simple light wood stairs and handrail as well as white painted brick lead you up to the second floor of this renovated home.

Photography by Prue Ruscoe

Upstairs, a small bedroom or home office with an ensuite bathroom has also been been updated. The kitchen and bathrooms in the home were relocated when the home had the extension added.


This home office (or small bedroom) has an ensuite bathroom.

Photography by Prue Ruscoe

Here’s a look at another bathroom in the home. This one uses a patterned green and white tile to add some color to the space.


This contemporary bathroom has a round mirror hanging above the minimal white vanity, and a patterned green and white tile covers the floor to add some color to the space.

Photography by Prue Ruscoe

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