Project Feature: Prahran

Our latest project was a lesson in creating a modern home while adding distinctive classic and unique touches.

Located in the bustling inner-city suburb of Prahran, this project saw us knock down a single-storey home, building a new three-storey home in its place. The completed project features three bedrooms, a formal dining area (accessible through a secret door) and a dedicated sitting room with built-in bookshelves and a fireplace.

Step inside this home with us below…

The Brief

The brief for this project was extensive. Our client wanted a modern foundation for the new home, while also weaving in some unique details to pay homage to the past.

The client also wanted a large kitchen with a butler’s pantry and dining space within proximity of the kitchen island bench. All this was to lead seamlessly into an outdoor courtyard to create a bright and airy entertaining area.

The Design

Executing a project of this standard wouldn’t have been possible without an exceptional team. We were honoured to be approached by Atlas Architects to partner with them on this project alongside designer Ana Letina.

On the exterior, the design can only be described as “modern minimalistic elegance”. In the entrance, a simple brass inlay gives way to the beautifully composed custom solid timber door with intricate brass fittings, which entices visitors into the home.

Inside, the interior design is bold, playful, and truly distinctive, giving a not-so-subtle nod to a time when elegant carpentry was featured heavily across the walls, ceilings and floors.

The carpentry was a key feature repeated consistently throughout the home, and we dedicated time to perfecting all the intricate details, including wainscotting, dado rails, luxuriously high skirting boards, replica heritage cornices, bespoke aged brass fittings and trims between floor finishes.

The Challenges

Throughout this build, we faced several challenges, such as gaining access to the site in a particularly narrow street. The new home was built within millimetres of the neighbouring properties where future-proofing works were required to protect the surfaces that would become unreachable.

In order for us to incorporate all the opulent feature details and natural materials requested for this build, we needed to strategise and prepare well in advance. Ultimately, this preparation and attention to detail ensured an impeccable, high-quality finish, one that would even be able to withstand the wear and tear of two teenage boys!

This project proves that new homeowners truly can have it all – a modern home with classic, elegant touches and ample space for a growing family to thrive. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all the partners, contractors and suppliers who played a part in bringing this remarkable home to life.


See more of this exquisite completed home on our Projects page or get in touch with the team at SECON Constructions to discuss your new home project today.

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