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Past meets present This reinvented terrace house respects its Heritage Conservation Area restrictions, while being transformed into a light, modern family home The constrictions of classic forms can often bring out the best creatively in artists and poets. And similar can be said for architects. Having to work in with heritage building guidelines can be just the starting point for design innovation. The owner’s wish list to designer Charles Alexiou for this four-level terrace house rethink was quite long. While retaining the protected front facade, existing roofline and the ceiling heights, he was to reconstruct the damaged rear facade and open up the interiors to light and views . Bedrooms and bathrooms were also to be reconfigured and expanded and a new kitchen introduced in the heart of the home. Other work included reconsidering a section of the staircase and adding a pool, spa and garden to the rear. Outside, the front facade was restored and painted while the rear face was reinvented in a modern composition with broad window openings, using grey aerated concrete, says Alexiou. “I designed fins around the wood-framed windows to bring visual and acoustic privacy. The small Juliet balconies to one side also had to be retained and integrated into the design.” Working with the immovable roofline, the designer expanded the existing dormer to again Facing page: The freshly restored, elegant facade on this house belies the level of contemporary connection and function in the rooms behind. The house has been both restored and reinvented by Charles Alexiou Interior Design & Architecture. Above: Where worlds collide – the reworked rear facade of the home is in aerated concrete. The privacy fins and clean wall planes complement the detailed filagree of the heritageprotected Juliet balconies alongside. search | save | share at