Preceding pages: The living spaces are airy and light filled. While an historic home might have had the high ceilings, it would have lacked the large wall openings and open layout that let occupants make the most of the natural light. Sliders and French doors open two sides of the room to the outdoors. Together with the interior woodwork detail, the filigree on the verandah forms part of the indoor aesthetic. “Then, with the site clear, we followed Andy Blyth’s brief for a large two-storey family house with classic street appeal – contrasted by an airy, light-filled interior with plenty of room to move.” Setting the new home over two levels created views to the city from the upstairs spaces. It also meant the home is on show to passers by. The original, low-set house had no street presence – only its roof was seen from the pavement. With an old-school, wrap-around verandah, white weatherboards, a corrugated iron roof, dainty filigree trimming and turned rail posts on the verandah, the exterior has a classic face. search | save | share at trendsideas.com The only clues to the home’s contemporary nature from outside are its over-sized windows, to maximise views, and the deep verandah – old houses have slender wrap-around walkways. Stepping in the front door and turning right, an entry hall with powder room gives way to the open-plan living, dining, kitchen and family rooms. The house is split level. Up some steps to the rear of the main living volume is the generous master bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and ensuite – looking to the rear of the property. The master bedroom has generous dormers on two walls, providing morning and afternoon sun.