To support the client’s love for entertaining all year round, the brief called for an open-plan kitchen, living and dining space that seamlessly connects to an outdoor deck and plunge pool for the kids. Beyond the home’s envelope, another threshold becomes a further driver of design and planning. York Street enjoys enviable direct access to Jacoby Reserve, a small neighbourhood park. Along with the home’s inner-urban bayside aspect, the access to the reserve has fundamentally informed fenestration, interior sightlines and materiality throughout. Terracotta tiles, timber lining boards, pale oak floors and joinery, deep sage green tiles, soft Carrara marble and blackbutt balanced by an ice-white finish which references the seaside locale, reconciling it with the robust fabric of the heritage house.