True to the adage that you should never judge a book by its cover, the Fitzroy House’s heritage facade doesn’t give away the modern game it houses. Boasting a sassy trio of levels on the back, the landmark property is the handiwork of Techne Architects who not only completed the rear addition but successfully restored the original building. The new build spans the kitchen and living room on the lower level, with an open-air pavilion overhead. The ground floor opens up to the courtyard while the windows in the kitchen pop open to create a bar for the people hanging outside in the yard. Every considered element takes into account the homeowner’s love to socialise, work and spend time together, culminating in a space that seamlessly blends the old with the new.