Crotonhurst brief was to retain some of the period features, while modernising & creating a timeless finish. All the wet areas were renovated, along with the study & parents nook. Storage both upstairs & down was increased to fulfil the requirements of a growing family unit of 5.
A construction set including construction drawings, fixtures & fittings schedules, lighting schedules and samples all assisted in driving this beautiful project to fruition. Fabulous clients open to design ideas were also pivotal, along with a great team of trades.
Marriott clients were fundamental in it’s most gracious transformation. The 1910 Edwardian was handed down through the family, so the design discussions were nostalgic & very special to be a part of. My job was to concentrate on designing for a new family with old family heritage in mind. Beautiful long hallways, tall ceilings, classic fireplaces, large rooms and ornate detailing were the foundations for the project. Details to be kept & treasured. The renovation & extension to the existing house ended up modern, clean & timeless. The home echoed it’s classic history via a vestibule running the length of the house. A glass sliding door transported you from history to tomorrow and a fantasy of greenery beyond. Working with a brilliant builder & his team to turn this house into a stunning home was just so rewarding for all involved.
Charman was a challenge! The 1935 deco had fantastic bones but required serious love. Carpets were ripped up to expose beautiful old tasmanian oak boards & new plaster ceilings replaced old plaster throughout the house. Walls were demolished, beams were engineered & introduced in the roof cavity to create a more spacious contemporary kitchen & connecting study area. Clever storage solutions needed careful consideration. One of which included housing & concealing a mfc printer in a thin storage cupboard off the kitchen. Stunning individually chosen slabs of calacutta marble from one of my favorite stone suppliers/saw mills here in Melbourne, coupled with timber veneer were the heroes of this project.
The laundry was reconfigured to include a large shower space & act as a second bathroom. The kitchen was designed to reflect the dining space & green of the garden beyond while also taking in a view to the green outdoor lounge area beyond the study. This was achieved by introducing a smokey grey glass mirror splashback. The connection with outdoors cocoons you from all directions in this renovation.
Barkly was in great need of light. By drawing on new steel framed floor to ceiling windows & introducing white cabinetry & paint finishes, this was achieved. The classic kitchen was worked around an existing window which added light & character to the build. simple uncomplicated benchtops gave a sense of space & left the splashbacks open to movement. This story was carried through to the laundry & bathrooms beyond. Mood boards were required to communicate the design intent & bring the spaces together before the drawing phase. 3D drawings made spaces come to life for the clients.
Pine street brief was an internal/external furniture & lighting package. The clients main focus was enjoying their own space after hours. This was introduced by way of a ‘parents retreat’ – a space of their very own where children dare not enter! Luxury, comfort & winding down were of upmost importance. Initial mood boards were crucial in communicating style & design intent with the clients. A petrol blue high pile rug & lush arm chairs and sofa were coupled with bespoke side tables. These were just some of the additions in transforming this beautiful 2 story residence in Brighton.
Dean avenue clients were flexible & enthusiastic throughout every design meeting. Their transformation required a large renovation which included wall demolition & reconfiguration to maximize the existing footprint. This involved a new kitchen, laundry, main bathroom, ensuite, storage throughout the 4 bedroom home & custom designed inbuilt joinery units. One of the main features was a japanese black timber stained floor throughout, which gave an expansive sense of space. In great contrast the white walls & fresh white kitchen appeared to hover above the floor.
Holroyd clients were very enthusiastic about the large custom designed joinery unit & buffet that ran the length of the dining /family room. Directly off the main entrance hall, it fast became the focal point of the whole home. By choosing to use a minimal palette, the clients achieved a slick pared back timeless finish throughout.
Wallace brief involved a renovation to the kitchen, laundry, ensuite & main bathroom. With a growing family to consider, who intended on planting their roots, it was important to the clients to modernize and maximize space. Walls were knocked down and new floors leveled & laid to give a sense of continuation through the home. the clients chose to remove an old diagonal swimming pool to create a spacious garden for play. A timeless reflective new kitchen was relocated to the rear of the house, to enable an inside out perspective. Bespoke timber detailing added warmth. The clients were very much across the design but also flexible & accommodating with any design suggestions. A great partnership & a fantastic outcome.
Barkly clients required much better storage solutions in their compact kitchen. 3D drawing assisted the clients in realising their vision. By integrating the white goods, the eye is led across smooth directional surfaces without interruption. The clients drove the corner pantry & plantation shutters which proved vital in it’s unified completion.
Retaining historic detailing was very much part of this clients brief. The stained glass window & all the plaster detailing were integrated into the design along with curved cabinetry which was reminiscent of details from its era. The final outcome in this compact space was clean and seamless with warmth & character.