‘King George’ is a historic jewel in East Fremantle’s hip George Street that has been converted into a truly modern house for a young family. Careful alterations to the Grade-A State-listed heritage cottage were combined with a starkly contemporary extension to provide an eye-catching, adaptable home.
With a mixed-use zoning, the home incorporates a self-contained office and a bedroom that can be leased out. The owners also opted to forego a traditional dining room in favour of a more flexible kitchen and casual eating area; it made sense to allocate more of the limited space to areas the family would use every day. We achieved versatility through the design of a kitchen-island bench that is a prep space and breakfast bar generally, but can act as a dining table for six when moved next to the window seat. The inbuilt courtyard seating is an extension of the garage floor slab; this same flowing concrete form then drives upward to form a BBQ benchtop. A table can be moved into this courtyard nook to allow a group to dine outdoors.