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Past Meets Present in An Arts and Crafts Mansion Renovation

Oak parquetry flooring unites old and new.


This grand “Arts and Crafts” mansion renovation features sporty additions by the visionary architects at Canny Design.

All photography by Derek Swalwell
















Not every home boasts an indoor basketball court, but that’s just one of the inclusions in this renovation of a grand Federation Arts and Crafts home in Kew, Victoria.



Tasked with designing the renovation of a five bedroom home inhabited by a couple with four active, sports-loving children, Canny Design was briefed to deliver not only an underground basketball court, but a new children’s playroom, a gym, a luxurious home cinema and a modern rear extension to enjoy time with family as well.


The formal rooms at the front of the house include many beautiful heritage timber features, including:


In the meantime, the rear of the home was reconfigured and extended to create:

  • a study
  • master suite
  • a kitchen
  • a butler’s pantry
  • a dedicated meal and living area
  • a laundry
  • two powder rooms

Last but not least, the second story features four bedrooms and two bathrooms.


“The home doesn’t feel too big upon first entry…it slowly reveals its elegant grandeur, without being pretentious.” -Mary-Ann Woff, head architect at Canny Design.






To marry old and new, the architects specified oak parquetry flooring for the new kitchen and dining area. Parquet harks back to the era in which the house was built, and lends warmth and texture to the modern extension. The subtle play of geometry  from the floor adds a just the right touch of texture to the white-walled interior.




“The clients can soak up the outdoor atmosphere and make the most of the northerly sun that streams through the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors,” says Woff. “The [various] views to the pool – and to the alfresco areas make this room a real Australian-living feature.”






Needless to say, this mansion renovation was a success.