“We absolutely love our renovations.”

Suellen Linnell

Linnell Residence

The design was a very close collaboration between Architect, Client and Builder.

Geelong, Victoria.

Brief: to remodel an existing two-storey 3-bedroom circa 2000’s inner suburban unit into a modern, stylish and luxurious townhouse, complete with outdoor dining, entertainment and swimming pool areas.

The site and building were extremely tight and presented many challenges in both design and construction.

Some of the key design decisions included:

  • Remodel the living, dining, kitchen and laundry.
  • Enable ample daylight into the internal spaces, creating the illusion of space and luxury.
  • Create a seamless connection between the open-plan living areas through to the alfresco living and intensively landscaped outdoor areas.
  • Incorporate a bright white colour palette, complimented by the careful use of natural timber flooring, stone benchtops, stainless appliances, chrome fittings and fixtures.
  • Incorporate clever storage, including a European-style laundry, under the existing staircases to further maximise storage and space on the ground floor level.
  • Renovate the existing master bedroom walk-in robe and en-suite.
  • Remodel upstairs to incorporate a practical study on the main landing, complete with a feature skylight above to help flood natural daylight into this area, which was previously dark and enclosed.
  • Remodel the upstairs bedrooms and bathroom configurations to afford a luxurious new main bathroom, complete with walk-in shower and integrated fully-tiled bench seat, frameless glass recess, free-standing bath, heated towel rails, generous vanity with clever semi-recessed vanity wall mirror for additional storage.
  • All internal remodelling had to be incorporated within the confines of the existing building envelope. (No exceptions).

The house is an example of how AMG Architects worked extremely closely with the client and builder where all the decisions were not just addressing the client’s wants and needs but the building practicalities associated with this very tight and challenging site. We were able to take a very dark, modest and aging unit and create a bright, spacious and luxurious townhouse that maximised every last inch of site and building available.

Project Time Frame

The project took 12 months to design, detail, complete building permit drawings, procure building permits, fully-build, including the external works and swimming pool.

Project Cost

The project was delivered on time and within budget.


Written by Rebecca Gleghorn

Video by Karl Nemsow