Altereco Design

Melbourne Vernicular

Yarraville, VIC, Australia

Rebecca Wilkinson

  • Yarraville, VIC, Australia
  • 100m2
Project Year
  • 2016
Reconstituted Stone
  • Yarraville, VIC, Australia

This hundred-year-old worker’s cottage in Yarraville was renovated with a meticulous approach to sustainability.

Altereco Design were fortunate to be engaged by clients who aspired to leave as small a carbon footprint to their new home as possible.

The Melbourne Vernicular project is a mindful approach not only to the design of the building, but to the building process itself, requesting to keep as much of the original structure as was feasibly possible.

The environmentally conscious owners painstakingly removed decayed and dilapidated parts of the house. And cleverly identified an opportunity to use the original red brick paving from the backyard as an internal feature wall and an external brick wall, with original Bluestone foundations and paving having been reused for all front paving.

The kitchen was made by local company Cantilever Interiors using reconstituted stone by Cosentino, which is made up of 80 per cent recycled content with a low VOC finish.

Altereco Design employed a savvy design approach that enables passive heating and cooling inside; not only does the aforementioned red brick wall create a pleasing aesthetic, it performs as thermal mass for the building.

When it came to the great outdoors, “water wise” and native plants were used in the garden beds – all of this topped off with an insulating green roof.

This industrious approach to build and design reduces associated wasted energy; often synonymous with demolishing the old and building something shiny, modern and new, all the while successfully preserving and celebrating the certain charm that comes with a house of this era.

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