secret house


Behind the small heritage gable-roof forms of this house within a conservative heritage streetscape of Port Melbourne is concealed a spacious, generous house of a grand scale that is not apparent from the street – ┬áthis is the house’ secret – with double-height living space facing to the secret garden and L-shaped pool with window into the basement study. Another of the secrets of secret house is that the house straddles a double block, and although it is built over three levels, the family living areas and bedrooms are all contained on the ground level.

Upstairs is an office/studio and guest bedroom with ensuite, and below ground is the basement/home theatre which features a window that looks into the swimming pool. The interior features heated, polished concrete floors, giving a modern industrial look that is perfectly complimented by the use of spotted gum throughout. The use of quality finishes throughout has created a timeless, elegant home that still has a light-hearted, family-friendly feel.

  • Location; Port Melbourne
  • Site Area; 520m2
  • Photographer; mcmahon and nerlich
  • Year; 2016