Mernda Rd, Kooyong

Architect: Schulberg Demkiw Architects

Frank stripped back and completely restored this three-storey mansion (with gracious formal rooms, five bedrooms and a generous games room) and built a light-filled extension to the rear. The West Australian Karri floors run through the existing dwelling into the new build, making a seamless transition from old to new. Exacting workmanship and sympathy to the heritage of this property were essential to achieving the client’s vision.

The airy new living and dining space wraps two sides of the travertine-paved pool area, which is accessible via large, sliding glazed doors. Striking white cabinetry runs the length of the extensive Stone Italia bench, opposite which is a Calcutta-marble island bench. The new works also included a butler’s pantry, office alcove and stylish bathroom.