Modest and understated, the St Kilda home does everything a good home should, with just an added touch of indulgence. The client’s brief was for a generous and simple home with a minimal footprint, allowing ample backyard space to relax in and grow vegetables.

Project Name: St Kilda home
Studio Name: Modscape
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Photography: Emily Bartlett
Project size: 166 m2
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 2

St Kilda home by Sara Kirby - Sheet1
Exterior View ©Emily Bartlett

The open plan kitchen, living and dining space features a double-height ceiling, which opens up the home and enhances the feeling of space. However, the void also serves a second purpose.

The site’s orientation meant the living area faces south – less than ideal for achieving optimal sunlight. Modscape’s architects countered this challenge by specifying skylights as well as highlight windows, which work to open up the living space and allow ample natural light to enter the home throughout the day.

St Kilda home by Sara Kirby - Sheet2
Kitchen ©Emily Bartlett

Upstairs, the home includes two bedrooms, a bathroom and the client’s must-have feature – an open-air clawfoot bathtub. On the balcony outside the master, the bath sits behind blackbutt timber battens, which provide privacy while also letting in light and air to achieve that glorious feeling of soaking outdoors.

Inside, blackbutt continues in the floorboards and considered joinery details, adding warmth and a sense of calm to the home. Bespoke timber shelving sits at the conclusion of the kitchen bench as well as the master cabinetry, softly delineating the spaces while adding light and open storage space. Black cabinetry ties in with the black oil-stained façade, which will, over time, become surrounded by an urban jungle, the dark timber popping against a curtain of greenery.

St Kilda home by Sara Kirby - Sheet3
Bedroom ©Emily Bartlett

Having a flexible home that provides clever space to entertain in was also paramount to the brief. A wall-to-wall bench in the living space acts as shelving and storage, while also intelligently doubling as seating space for dinner parties, drinks and movie nights.

These thoughtful details combine with a simple material palette for a home that is inviting, comfortable and serves every need of the client and their growing family.

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