Mary came to me as a personal referral – she’d seen some of my other work and was hopeful I could help her crystallise her ideas into actionable plans. She had recently moved from a large family home into a small townhouse in Florey, which had seen better days! The kitchen was the first issue – it was the first thing you see when you enter the house, was drab and worn and took up heaps of floor space but didn’t actually provide the functionality she wanted. Keep reading to find out what we did, or skip to the bottom to see the full image gallery.
Cleaning up the kitchen
For the kitchen we wanted to open up the space and give it a sense of subtle grandeur. We could see it had the potential to be the centrepiece of the home, with a modern and luxurious feel. Of course it was important it wasn’t too ostentatious or over the top – we didn’t want it to look out of place with the rest of the open plan living area.
We created a thoroughfare through the kitchen, widened the bench and installed a stunning 40mm Caesarstone waterfall benchtop. We inset her sink, and streamlined the look and feel with small touches such as ‘tap to open’ drawers (no handles in sight), a hidden fridge, extra storage cabinets and a sleek rangehood. Now when you enter the house the kitchen makes a statement that sets the tone for the rest of the house.
Bringing it in the bathroom
Mary’s next priority was a bathroom - complete with weird 80’s mirrors, an illegal toilet and a tired style. We decided to open the space right up – we knocked through the wall separating the bathroom from the old laundry and made one large room to accommodate both. We even moved the bathroom door down the hallway.
This allowed us to add an entire wall of cabinets and a new tub in the laundry section of the room, and we installed not only a custom made vanity, but an additional matching wall-hung unit for extra storage. We couldn’t find the shower we needed so I designed my own – a 1 x 1m corner shower with two sliding doors. The design means Mary isn’t limited in how to use the space, because she can enter the shower from either side, or the corner. My manufacturer had never made one before!
I wanted to work with one contractor to ensure the renovated areas were consistent and the spaces tied together. Mark has certainly achieved this!
What was tricky?
This project involved substantial earthworks due to the solid concrete slab. We moved pipes, drains, the sink and the basin (in both rooms!), and ran electricals under the slab. Additional touches were underfloor heating, repainting, floor to ceiling tiles, and installing double glazed privacy windows in the bathroom.
What did the client think?
Mary is so happy with her new home and couldn’t wait to have her kids and grandkids over to christen the new place. ‘The work Mark has done has really opened up the house. Before the renovations the house felt dark and cramped,’ she said. ‘I wanted to work with one contractor to ensure the renovated areas were consistent and the spaces tied together. Mark has certainly achieved this!’
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