St Kilda Home

St Kilda Home

Design and built by Modscape, this modest and understated St Kilda home does everything a good home should, with just an added touch of indulgence.

The client’s brief was for a generous and simple home with a minimal footprint, allowing ample backyard space to relax in and grow vegetables.

The open plan kitchen, living and dining space features a double-height ceiling, which opens up the home and enhances the feeling of space.

However, the void also serves a second purpose.

The site’s orientation meant the living area faces south – less than ideal for achieving optimal sunlight.

Modscape’s architects countered this challenge by specifying skylights as well as highlight windows, which work to open up the living space and allow ample natural light to enter the home throughout the day.

Upstairs, the home includes two bedrooms, a bathroom and the client’s must-have feature – an open-air clawfoot bathtub.

On the balcony outside the master, the bath sits behind blackbutt timber battens, which provide privacy while also letting in light and air to achieve that glorious feeling of soaking outdoors.

Inside, blackbutt continues in the floorboards and considered joinery details, adding warmth and a sense of calm to the home.

Bespoke timber shelving sits at the conclusion of the kitchen bench as well as the master cabinetry, softly delineating the spaces while adding light and open storage space.

Black cabinetry ties in with the black oil-stained façade, which will, over time, become surrounded by an urban jungle, the dark timber popping against a curtain of greenery.

Having a flexible home that provides clever space to entertain in was also paramount to the brief.

A wall-to-wall bench in the living space acts as shelving and storage, while also intelligently doubling as seating space for dinner parties, drinks and movie nights.

These thoughtful details combine with a simple material palette for a home that is inviting, comfortable and serves every need of the client and their growing family.

Project Details

Project Size – 166 m2
Completion date – 2020
Building Levels – 2

Project Team

Design and Construction


Modscape designs and builds beautiful and functional modular homes and commercial projects across a range of industries – from healthcare and education to hospitality and transport.

Each project is designed for the specific site, taking into consideration passive design principles and the clients requirements. Design and finish options are limitless, but every design is the result of genuine collaboration with each client.

The owners of Modscape have combined their extensive experience in the design, development and construction industries. This experience has been supplemented by collaborating with architects, engineers, sustainable development consultants, industry organisations, suppliers, contractors and specialist consultants in their ongoing production.


Emily Bartlett

Emily s a Melbourne-based commercial photographer, specialising in architecture and interiors.

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