Tucked away in a leafy Perth suburb is Rothsay House, an elegant home that seamlessly fuses the old with the new.
Architect Ben Mountford of Mountford McCarey, designed the home over eight months, innovatively transforming the pre-existing Art Deco abode into a modern sanctuary, with luscious views of the surrounding tree canopies.
In keeping with the local streetscape, the original façade was restored to its former glory, while hidden behind is a new rear extension that is a luxurious and expansive.
The modern design is both a sanctuary and hub for entertaining, with the design incorporating the family’s love of having an “open house” and constantly entertaining for friends and family. The final result is a spacious home with multiple living areas that seamlessly connect with the outdoors.
Inside, Mountford paid homage to the history of the home by infusing subtle Art Deco motifs into the modern design, including curved handrails, metal fireplaces, and reinstated old stained-glass doors.
Although the original terrazzo floors in the old bathroom were demolished, Mountford reintroduced terrazzo to celebrate the original home and help fuse the different eras.
Innovative design choices are abundant throughout: Curved corners soften the home’s architectural forms, adding to the seamless blend of the two buildings, incorporated into the Chillingham white brick elements and the balustrading.
Meanwhile high-ceilings and a void over the dining room introduces a welcoming sense of space and natural light throughout the building.
The upper-level bedroom suite is a highlight, allowing the owners to sleep beneath the tree canopy with the bedroom doors wide open, creating a treehouse-like ambiance.
The dense canopies also provide privacy by obscuring the adjoining properties, creating a very secluded setting amongst the trees.
The home captures the essence of modern living, while warmly embracing nature and mastering the art of blending the past and present.
Styled by: Grace Buckley
Header Image Credit: Dion Robeson