Timber Kitchen Meals area

Kitchen connection to outdoors.


Passive sun shading, Middle Park Terrace

Passive sun shading, Carpenter

Living space architecture stair

Window in living space brings in light, and connects to upstairs

Our clients initially approached us with plans for an interior design project, but it became apparent that some elements weren’t going to work as intended. We started fresh and tackled the complex planning issues and site constraints that this project presented.

The site, located in a heritage area, posed challenges with strict height and visibility regulations. However, we turned these restrictions into an opportunity by creating a subtle roof form that met the client’s needs and satisfied heritage requirements.

By aligning the building with the neighbouring footprint, we avoided difficulties with neighbours and the Planning Department. We faced design challenges with the thin, narrow terraces, but by utilising every inch of space, we brought light into the house from various sources and connected the parts to create a cohesive whole.

We preserved the original terrace, including its cornicing, tuck pointing, and slate roof, and carried the ceiling heights and proportions throughout the renovation. The central staircase is the focal point where old meets new and where the upstairs connects to the downstairs. Made of reclaimed and new timber, the staircase is light and lofty and forms the busy hub of the family home. The result is a beautiful, open home that allows the sea air to move in and through.

The owner/client was also the builder, which gave us a unique relationship to the building process. Rather than a compromise, the result speaks of the builder’s dedication and skill, and together we have created a beautiful home.
reflections interior stair architecture

Reflections of central stair and living space.

Project Team
Jim Stewart – DiMase Architects
Owner Builder – Jai Flude
MacLeod Consulting
Building Surveyor
REDDO – Glenn Driscoll 
Land Surveyor
Calvin F Raven
Trevor Mein
Inside, Interior Design Review, Issue 95 – Middle Park House
Daylight interior architecture

Daylight interior.

Double height stair space

Airy void space over central stair.

View of rear deck, and sliding doors leading into the kitchen.

View of rear deck, and sliding doors leading into the kitchen.

Timber feature ceiling

Timber ceiling detail

Project Type
Full Architectural Services
Middle Park / City of Port Phillip
Energy Rating
6.2 Stars NATHERS
Main Materials
Building Area