With an original brief to create a young family home that emphasised character and appeal, the property's period features really spoke volumes. The house required a complete renovation to allow for a smarter planned floor plate and more highly functioning areas, this included introducing an internal laundry, an additional upstairs bathroom, and a master suite which comprised of an ensuite bathroom and walk in robe along with multiple living zones including separate living and dining. The focus was to bring light into each living space through large glazing that soon became fundamental to the overall concept.

Strong themes including originality, contrast and an interplay of light led to a seamless distinction between old and new. The young family moving out of a beach side apartment were on the search for additional room to enjoy their growing family, and like most, this meant a centralised hub which would include the kitchen. The client's brief was to be able to watch the children enjoy the back yard whilst cooking in a clean, sleek, and modern kitchen along with the ability for them to be able to work remotely from home.
During the concept process the finishes selection held strong to the concept of contrast. Even in the simplest of ways contrast was evident throughout the home, the introduction of a simple timber reveal to the windows painted in black really added depth to each room of the home. With a modest budget designated to the project replacing the façade was not really an option, so a simple repaint to the original cladding and an expansion of the glazing finished off with simple custom box frames was just enough to refresh and revive the home. Adding personal touches including recycled church pews and retro light fittings transformed what was an old retired property into an exciting character filled designer home just a stones throw from the favourite beach.

Designer: The Designory | Photographer: Tom Ferguson | Builder: West Ave Group