Home of the week


Heather Nette King

Jan Gyrn tends the suspended fireplace that was imported from France.

Jan Gyrn tends the suspended fireplace that was imported from France. Photo: Armelle Habib

THE HOME A renovated, single-fronted, semi-detached Edwardian house in Prahran East, Melbourne, now with three bedrooms and a living space at the rear.

WHO LIVES HERE Jan Gyrn, co-owner of a modular housing company.

WHAT I DID "We [Gyrn and architect Peter Miglis from Woods Bagot] kept the period features at the front, as I wanted the facade to give very little away as to what lay behind. I installed a new bathroom, an ensuite and added the glass lounge room."

“This sofa belonged to baba, my Macedonian grandmother, who kept it in her ‘good room’. When we inherited it, there wasn’t a mark on it.” Click for more photos

Home of the week

Click through to see how these homebodies transformed their urban abodes. Photo: Jennifer Soo

MY FAVOURITE ROOM "Definitely the lounge room. It's where I spend most of the time when I'm home and where friends hang out. You are completely surrounded by glass, which allows you to feel very much part of the landscape. Because trees surround the courtyard, it is also very cosy, peaceful and private."


THE 'HOOD "The house is close to the chaos of Chapel Street, Windsor, East St Kilda and Armadale, but it is removed enough that it is also pretty quiet."

FUTURE PLANS "It is really just the things in the house that will change. The feel of the place changes as the landscape grows and as the artwork and furniture changes. This keeps it new."


Photography: Armelle Habib