The truth will out. That could well be the new mantra for a renovation.
It's all about architectural honesty. The new is seldom disguised as old, and the old is appreciated for its traditional character. In fact, so strong is this belief that even local government regulations are stipulating clear divisions between traditional structures and contemporary additions in areas where there is a heritage overlay or protection.
Designer Angie Florence of Space For Life says an addition planned for her own family's 1928 California bungalow needed to be a stark contrast to the original house.
"Not only did it need to read as a modern addition, it also had to be hidden from the street," she says. "We were able to have just a very small part of the top of the structure visible above the roof of the house, but it's a subtle element that is not too noticeable."
Florence says the house retains its traditional street appeal even the original tiles remain on the roof. The existing leadlight windows, including those in the front door and sidelight were restored, and the high ceilings were retained right through the house.
"We enlarged the existing living room slightly by taking space from the room behind, and this has become the formal living room," the designer says. "The dark-stained European oak flooring continues up one wall."
White shelving and white walls contrast the dark wood and a coffee-toned feature wall. And with brown and white leather furniture, the room introduces the bold, monochromatic palette that features throughout the house.
The master suite, opposite the living room, has also been enlarged. A bedroom and bathroom behind were absorbed to gain space for an ensuite bathroom and dressing room.
But the key feature that unites the front of the house with the extension at the rear is the extra-wide hallway.