Out of the past A traditional frontage with a tile roof and stained glass windows gives way to spacious, light-filled new entertaining spaces at the rear Above: A picture of old-world dignity at the front, this two-storey family residence hides its new, more contemporary attributes around the back – all part of an innovative and transformative renovation and addition by project architect Linda Simons of LSA Architects. search | save | share at It’s hard to improve on the elegant, graceful lines of a traditional house facade. On the other hand, you can’t beat the relaxed functionality of modern, light-filled living spaces – this newly renovated home enjoys the best of both worlds. Unseen from the street, the comprehensive rear renovation was undertaken by project architect Linda Simons of LSA Architects. “The homeowners are from large fami- lies and wanted to be able to entertain all year round,” says Simons. “Previously, the back of the home consisted of smaller, enclosed rooms and just a small deck that felt disconnected from the rear garden, a couple of metres below.” Simons says the homeowners’ brief was to retain the classic looks at the front and introduce a sprawling family-kitchen-entertainment space at the back. The L-shaped, open-plan spaces were to wrap around a reworked outdoor living space with a new swimming pool, al fresco dining and a barbecue. When connecting a modern addition to an older home, a straight contrast often works best, and such was the case here. The pop-up roof on the new section of the home connects directly to the gabled tile roof of the original home.