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From the front facade, you’d have no idea of the clever renovations that lie within this Victorian cottage in Melbourne.

Keen to avoid a ‘typical box on the back’ extension, owners and designers Penny and Simon Barnes crafted an alternative, curving roof extension that utilises every inch of available space on the Carlton North block.

The expanded home remains faithful to the area’s original architecture, while simultaneously providing more space and improved energy efficiency for the couple and their three children. 

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An Ultra Energy-Efficient Makeover Of A Victorian Country Home

We’re always inspired by sustainable design, but there’s something particularly impressive about upgrading an older home to meet modern performance standards.

This period house in Victoria’s Hepburn Shire has been reworked and extended with a new highly energy-efficient addition designed by MRTN Architects

Energy-efficient appliances, solar panels, and a heat pump hot water system add to the property’s eco credentials, resulting in an 8 star NatHERs rating. Post-occupancy testing shows the house maintains a natural temperature between 18 and 26 degrees for 93 per cent of the year!

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An Ultra Energy-Efficient Makeover Of A Victorian Country Home. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli


An Ultra Energy-Efficient Makeover Of A Victorian Country Home. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli


An Ultra Energy-Efficient Makeover Of A Victorian Country Home. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli


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This Sustainable Apartment Is A Little Slice Of LA, In Melbourne. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.


This Sustainable Apartment Is A Little Slice Of LA, In Melbourne. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli


A Heritage Home, Retrofitted To The Highest Sustainability Standards. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli


A Heritage Home, Retrofitted To The Highest Sustainability Standards. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli


A Heritage Home, Retrofitted To The Highest Sustainability Standards. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli


A Heritage Home, Retrofitted To The Highest Sustainability Standards. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli


The Perfect Prefab Home in South Gippsland. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli


The Perfect Prefab Home in South Gippsland. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.


The Perfect Prefab Home in South Gippsland. Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.


A Sustainable Inner-Suburban Home, Designed To Be Deconstructed + Reused. Photo – Tom Ross


A Sustainable Inner-Suburban Home, Designed To Be Deconstructed + Reused. Photo – Tom Ross.


A Sustainable Inner-Suburban Home, Designed To Be Deconstructed + Reused. Photo – Tom Ross.


A Sustainable Inner-Suburban Home, Designed To Be Deconstructed + Reused. Photo – Tom Ross.


The Davison Collaborative: A Game-Changing New Housing Project In Melbourne (+ Home To Three Couples!). Photo – Tess Kelly


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The Davison Collaborative: A Game-Changing New Housing Project In Melbourne (+ Home To Three Couples!). Photo – Tess Kelly


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An Unbelievably Energy Efficient 100-Year-Old Workers’ Cottage! Photo – Nikole Ramsay.


An Unbelievably Energy Efficient 100-Year-Old Workers’ Cottage! Photo – Nikole Ramsay.


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