Apr 18, 2012

Progress Report :: 1960s Groovy House at Caulfield

One of the projects which I have been working on 
for a couple of years is something rather special.
It's an early house by Charles Justin, 
one of the founding architects of SJB.
And yesterday, when I popped in to have a look at progress,
the front door had just had his first coat of fabulous orange paint,
inspired by the rich caramels, bronze & toffee of the original leadlight.
(The paint colour is Dulux Playschool.)

Built in the 1960s,
when my clients found this treasure a few years ago
it was in almost original condition,
which they loved.
They wanted to extend it & bring it back to life,
while staying true to the original groovy spirit of the times.

When I first started on the project,
this was the mood board which I prepared both for the clients
and also for myself, 
because it helps as a blueprint for the overall direction. 
Some materials have changed, 
but we are still using the same colour scheme.

The second floor extension is pretty much finished
and the painters have started on the massive task of glossing up 
all the timber on both the existing + the new windows & doors 
in glossy, glossy white, as a contrast to the exposed brick.
Hard to tell where the old finishes and the new starts,
isn't it?
But a few weeks ago, this was just single level.
The brickies have done a great job matching it up.
We added sections of horizontal timber boards,
which you can see here,
(painted Dulux Boycott)
because part of the original house 
used the same element
on other elevations. 
Dodgy iphone photo,
but you can see how the new second story at the front
echoes the original second story at the back.
Well, if you squint and pretend this is a little clearer, that is!
(Note to self, must carry proper camera at all times.)
We used large overhanging eaves and the same pitch roof,
with a terracotta tile because that was what was originally used,
but switched to a zincalume finish for gutters & downpipes to
add a little natural metallic tone,
which enhances the bricks.
The leadlight is quite incredible - and it was these boiled lolly, 
jewel-like colours which struck me as the basis for the
new colour scheme.
All of the doors are full height
(and we have used the same detail in the extension upstairs).
This is the view into the original study from the hallway.
Upstairs, the original external wall in the mezzanine 
also had extraordinary leadlight.
This has been retained into what is now an internal wall.
The boys have started removing the bricks
to form the new entryway between old + new.
There is work happening everywhere, 
as this is a speedy construction schedule.
Bathrooms, kitchen, laundry - all new but with a 1960s style,
with lots of sparkle, mirror & those jewel colours against plenty of white.
One of my favourite elements are these beautiful stairs,
which will be painted high gloss white,
then carpeted with Tretford in 
a most fabulous bright green.
The main living areas will have Marmoleum cork-based linoleum flooring,
which is a product I specify again and again.
Huge colour range, all natural components & very hard wearing,
cork flooring is soft to walk on yet very forgiving.
For this groovy house, 
I selected a highly patterned version 
which picks up the colour of the bricks.
And there's that orange again!
Groovy in 1960, groovy in 2012;
it's just the most fabulous colour...
- and what a splash of colour 
for the front door!
It just screams out "Welcome!"

all images :: blue fruit


  1. I am IN LOVE with that door and its colour! Swooooon... The house has some other gorgeous features too. XX

    1. Aha! Thought you may like it Stacey. You have an absolute world wide radar for orange, that's for sure!

  2. Great work. Love your mood board and the door is just stunning. Just makes you want to enter the place to see what other interesting things there are. Look forward to seeing more. xAnastasia at decor is like butter

    1. Thank you Anastasia. Did you see Kermit the frog in the moodboard? The clients hooted with laughter when they spotted him there.

  3. Yes .. that door is aamaazing!! Plus I'm drooling over the leadlight.
    Can't wait to see the finished project Virginia.
    ps. How's the foot? Hope you're fully back on your feet!

    1. It's WAY better thank you Marina! Although I did over-do it a bit yesterday, looking at both this project and the House on the Hill. Both, sigh, are two storey and are large houses. So rather a lot of walking/hobbling involved. But it was worth it to keep an eye on things.

  4. The glass is amazing do they know the artist? The orange is just so perfect and I love what you are doing. I will go and check the cork flooring will it work in a bathroom?

    1. Hi Jules. Don't know who the artist was - it's a pretty amazing work and in real life it is even more beautiful. Cork flooring is fabulous stuff! Either as straight out cork, or the marmoleum which we are using here, which is a mixture of linseed flour, linseed oil and cork. I wouldn't use it in a bathroom, although having said that, I have seen it used. But you wouldn't want to have water directly on it for too long. The marmoleum is more water resistant than straight out cork, and I have used that in many kitchens, laundries and of course in living areas.

    2. Thanks for the info I just think that cork is a bit warmer than most floor coverings (I loathe carpet!!) and softer. J.


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