Would you be brave enough to buy a house without your partner seeing it? Business owner and real estate agent Matthew Travia was and he did.
With the aid of building designer Janik Dalecki, Matthew and his partner Cora have turned this basic, very small former State Housing Commission home built in the 1960s into a simple and modest, yet very well-loved and restful first family home for themselves, their two dogs and their new baby daughter Aria.
AFTER. Photo by Dion Robeson.
A MINIMALIST HOME: Home owners Matthew and Cora with their baby Aria. Photo by Heather Robbins.
KEEPING THE ORIGINAL FOOTPRINT: Janik happily complied with Matthew and Cora’s request to keep the original footprint of the home and to redesign what was within the existing external walls. “With a push towards more sustainable building methods this is a great start - rather than knocking down and wasting a perfectly good house that has solid bones and just needs an updo,” says Janik. “This was a challenge as we also couldn’t go around bashing down every single internal wall to create a more spacious better flowing layout as this would defeat the purpose of keeping the existing house. To me it just seems...