From the street, there’s a sense that this house is as it was when Dr Ernest Fooks designed it in the early 1950s. The path leading to the front door is one of the only recent signs that changes may have occurred. “We have made a number of changes, but the past is still clearly visible,” says Preston, pointing out the home’s original built-in joinery, crafted, as with the latest renovation, with the great care and respect that this post-war architect deserves.
Dr. Ernest Fooks is considered to be one of Melbourne’s most esteemed post-war architects. The owners of this home in Elsternwick didn’t need to seek out a Fooks design. The owner’s grandfather commissioned the late architect to design his home in 1950s.
The owners were looking for an additional living space and main bedroom wing that would provide greater separation for their growing children. The main entrance, accessed from the side, was also upgraded, carefully following Fooks’ original design. A new timber awning in the original style (open to the sky) greets visitors upon arrival, feeding into a brand new kitchen, featuring bright modern cabinetry, modern lights: Ora 600 Pendants and concrete, dynamically contrasting the original exposed brick and glass wall that separates the new wing from the kitchen.
Brick House, Preston Lane