RELAXED OASIS

BRIEF:
Easy living  for down-sizers.

RESPONSE:
A substantial renovation to the ground floor – kitchen, living, dining, bathroom and guest bedroom. The overall area was small, requiring careful consideration of how to best use the area and create more space. We moved some walls and added new windows and an oversized sliding stacker out onto the deck. I prefer to use louvres where I can as they are a great way to adjust your airflow.

In the kitchen, we introduced a large picture window so we could capture more natural light as this was a dark area in the home and used to be the dining room. We also introduced an opening skylight which gives great airflow and more light onto the island. The clients are keen cooks so bench space and storage were most important. We introduced aged brass handles and a mixer tap for interest. The cabinets are polyurethane shaker style in navy and white with engineered stone benchtops. Drawers were lined with adjustable cutlery and utensils sections plus a generous spice drawer. Integrated appliances and dual ovens were also introduced.

The flooring is an engineered Oak floating floor in a Herringbone design throughout. We created a nook for the dining table where the clients wanted to display their antique sideboard. Pendant rope lighting was introduced as a feature. The lounge area is a social spot in all seasons with the doors opened wide and the flow to outside or close it all up and snuggle around the fireplace.

A custom-made rattan door was introduced under the stairs as the ducted air conditioning unit needed to have venting. This solved that issue whilst creating a door that worked with the rest of the home. The bathrooms were gutted so an open shower could be introduced with a feature wall in navy subway tiles. Custom joinery with recessed oversized mirror cabinet which is great for storage. Underfloor heating was installed plus a heated towel rail. Pendant lighting and downlights were introduced.

All furnishings were sourced and the lounge was custom made with a washable linen fabric. Practical surfaces were selected with engineered oak flooring to compliment the Belgian Black Pearl Sisal runner for the stairs. The feature downstairs is the new gas fireplace as the focal point in Ridgeway which are random sized Limestone pieces, a mix of Charcoal and tan tones.  Recycled timber mantel. Cabinetry in the shiplapping style in matt black with Oak handles.

A relaxed and welcoming home.