McKay Joinery

Alteration and addition to a house in Brunswick.

As more and more of the houses in inner Melbourne get renovated and extended, we see a clear pattern in the architectural strategies employed. Custom timber doors and windows play a crucial role in opening up cramped interior spaces, creating connections between the indoors and gardens, and bringing in natural light. This highly considered alteration and addition in Brunswick, by Form Architecture Furniture, is a perfect example.

Bifold and fixed custom timber windows in a residential extension

When the weather's fine, these bifold windows bring fresh air into the new living space.

We were brought onto the project by Lew Building to fabricate all of the new custom timber doors and windows. This included fixed windows, bifold windows, louvre windows and a uniquely configured sliding door leading out from the kitchen that incorporates fixed panes of glass in different sizes.

Custom fixed timber window in a study nook

A fixed desk in the study nook provides a vantage point for this neatly framed garden view.

Custom fixed timber window in a residential exterior

The fixed window to the living space and, beyond, a sliding door leads out from the kitchen.

A living space extends down the southern boundary of the property, with a large bifold window opening up to winter sun from the north. A new kitchen looks out to the garden through the east-facing glazed sliding door, and an adjacent study nook has its own private view of greenery through a large picture window.

A classic double-fronted Brunswick house has been given a new lease on life, and its owners now have a home suited to their modern lifestyle.

Photographed by Mark Farrelly.