When you have a love affair with architecture and can’t decide between historic grandeur and twenty-first century design, why not have both? This was precisely the conclusion the owners of an Edwardian heritage house came to when planning their dream renovation and extension in Highgate, Perth.
From the beginning the clients, both real estate agents who had snapped up the federation property as a temporary rental, wanted to create a one-of-a-kind family home because, simply put, once restored they didn’t plan to ever move again.
‘Their concept for the project was to amalgamate both into one so they could appreciate both aspects of architecture in their home,’ says Lorenzo Cassiani of specialised building company Cassari Group
, which completed the exhaustive build in November 2017.
The end result, designed by Chindarsi Architects, is a stunning ensemble of old-world and modern glamour, with varied materials woven throughout.
But with any period renovation, heritage guidelines dictate the original character must be maintained. Lorenzo says the Highgate project was a particularly large undertaking in this regard. ‘We had completed a few others but not to that scale. This home had a lot more aspects to it than anything we’ve done before.’