Ivanhoe extension 2021-03-31T14:25:22+11:00


Tucked neatly behind a weatherboard house in Melbourne’s leafy north-east sits a two-storey modular extension that is bold yet refined and has transformed the way the clients live.

In need of extra space for their growing family, the clients decided to employ a modular solution and extend their home rather than move. The extension is open, filled with natural light and beautifully complements its leafy suburban location.

A new double-height entrance space has been created in the middle of the house, providing a clean separation and demarcation between existing and new. As soon as you walk in the front door, your eye is drawn up to the circular skylight which casts directed light to the open stairs below. To accommodate the sloping site, the extension is terraced down the block with a slight change in levels between the original house (which has now become the kids’ domain), the entrance way and the new modular living area. This helps to subtly define different zones, while the same oak flooring used throughout provides continuity and flow.

Just beyond the new entrance foyer is the heart of the home – a large kitchen. From the outset, the clients’ brief revolved around this space with the arrangement, layout and finishes carefully considered. With ample storage space provided in the butler’s pantry, the kitchen is big enough for the whole family to cook, gather and socialise. The heroes of the space are the large floor-to-ceiling windows, which capture clear vistas into the beautifully landscaped backyard and surrounding trees. Cornerless sliding doors in the dining area provide a seamless transition from inside to out, providing a relaxed, light-filled gathering space with a fantastic outlook and connection to the external spaces.

Sustainably-sourced blackbutt timber, dark-stained timber and Colorbond Diversaclad marry in harmony in this home. Yet it’s when the first-floor timber form starts to curve and becomes a battened screen that the house’s personality really gives way. As well as capturing, this screen is practical too – it provides additional sun shading and privacy, ensuring there are no overlooking issues into the neighbour’s backyard. For the adults, the master suite upstairs offers a peaceful haven, cantilevering out to the garden.

The house includes many active and passive systems to ensure that it functions efficiently. Solar passive heating and cross ventilation, high levels of natural light, double-glazing with thermal break frames, over insulation (like all Modscape homes), a 2,000L rainwater tank, energy-efficient lighting, water-efficient fixtures and reverse cycle heating and cooling alongside a gas fireplace all play a part.

While the Modscape team was busy constructing the extension within the factory, the clients were able to remain living in the home disruption-free. The clients moved out four weeks prior to the installation date, while Modscape coordinated the demolition and site preparation. Installation of the modules occurred in just one day, and three weeks later, the Modscape team had completed all works and the clients could move straight back in.

“Modscape appealed to us because it is a creative company – we could get a very bespoke build. Also, everything was included in the price. We knew exactly what it was going to cost and how long it would take. There were no delays, no worries and we could go along to the factory in Brooklyn and see the extension being built.”

– Simon, Ivanhoe client

Project specifications

  • Blackbutt vertical timber cladding with vertical batten, stained timber and Colorbond Diversaclad cladding (Monument)
  • Black powder-coated frame and thermally broken, low-e double-glazed windows
  • Tongue n Groove Piccolo board flooring (Freado)
  • Nikpol joinery to kitchen and study
  • Perini Monroe tiles to kitchen splashback
  • Signorino Monaco tiles to pantry splashback and bathroom wall
  • Stainless steel benchtop and integrated sink; Dekton benchtop to island
  • Highland ceramic glass cooktop and built-in oven
  • Fireplace brickwork completed onsite
  • IN-TERIA front door handle with Lockwood door hardware throughout
  • 2,000L rainwater tank
  • Clean Face gas fireplace
  • Daikin bulkhead reverse-cycle and split systems