Frankston South Home, Victoria, Australia

Restoring a house to its former glory; improving the design, sustainability and liveability on the way.

The Frankston South house was in a dilapidated condition and required restoration.  The design required making the most of the existing building and salvaged materials.  Any new construction had to be minimized to keep within budget.  The architectural design for this building transformed it into a beautiful home with improved liveability, utilizing recycled materials and building elements into the existing building to facilitate an economically built sustainable home.


Before restoration work started the Frankston South Home was in a dilapidated condition

A Brief Description

BP Architects, experts in green architecture, ensured that the original character of the house was retained during the renovation. Each addition and modification was completed while maintaining the architectural style of the existing building.  Efficient and effective remodelling of the interior of this home, transformed it into a user friendly home, resulting in only a small addition at the rear of the house being required to be built.

Detailed Feature Description

BP Architects added certain factors to the existing design of the house to make it a sustainable building. Second-hand bay windows were used to let the light in, providing seating to contemplate serene views of the surrounding nature. Use of the recycled windows and recycled timber, for the deck and veranda posts, were economical options, as was remodelling and reusing the existing kitchen cupboards and using recycled marble bench tops.

The interior of the house was redesigned and remodelled in order to suit the lifestyle of the residents.  Stone retrieved from the garden was used to construct the external paving and stairs.  The successful merging of new construction and modifications with the old building resulted in a home that looked like it always should.


Frankston South Home, after new front deck, stone steps and restored facade

The Weather Conditions

The Frankston South Home sits on Oliver’s Hill with views of Port Phillip Bay.  It is in a protected suburban location and surrounded with leafy gardens.

Energy Efficiency

The architect worked with the Clients’ and their needs in using second hand and recycled materials in an environmental friendly way. The final design of the house not only achieved its former glory in appearance but fulfilled the energy efficient needs of a contemporary sustainable home.


The architect was very careful about enhancing the original aesthetic of the house. Most of the remodelling was completed using second hand, re-used, salvaged and recycled materials that suited the character of the house. The addition of the deck and verandah was in keeping with the character of the home.

By the time that their house was finished, neighbours could not believe that all was done on a limited budget. This is the expertise of BP Architects. The Clients spent a small fraction of what their neighbour’s thought they had spent with one neighbour saying to them, when their home was completed, ‘You must have spent millions’.

The Frankston South Home is just another addition to the successful home designs by these award winning architects.  BP Architects were awarded the Building Services & Construction Award, for their work and the work done on the Frankston South Home, at the Frankston & Mornington Peninsula Excellence in Business Awards.

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