Tuesday 17 April 2012

A recent renovation project

When the kitchen appliances started to need replacing in this home, the owners thought they would like to take this opportunity to bring the central hub of their home up to date.  Originally built in the 1980's the house had large expanses of exposed brick walls throughout with steeply raked timber and exposed beam ceilings.  The kitchen was also in shades of blue laminate and timber trim.  This was tied together with beige carpets and cork tiles.

The original exposed brickwork .

The central hub included the formal living and dining rooms, entry hall, kitchen, family room and office.  The office was the only truly separate room in this space, which was one of the things to be tackled first.  With the walls to this room gone it is now incorporated into the rest of the space.  This was located to the right of the fireplace and is now included within the 'great' room.
The new family room without the office
Step two in the scheme was to organise the layout of the new kitchen.  The kitchen brief from the clients was to increase the storage and create an open, flow through area.  Originally a u-shape with the benchtop following the lines of the bay window meant the usable storage of the kitchen wasn't all that great.  By leaving the main l-shape and replacing the other run of cabinets with an island has achieved an open space that flows.

The new kitchen viewed from the family room
The back wall of the kitchen now houses the two pantries, one at each end, a wall oven and microwave tower, the cooktop and refrigerator.  To help with the storage, both pantries have been fitted with internal drawers, bringing everything within easy reach.  Spice racks are located in the drawers under the cooktop.
The new kitchen back wall

The main l-shape of the kitchen is now a continuous  bench with soft-close drawers and a run of overhead cupboards.  The cupboards under the sink now branch off at 90 degrees rather than following the angles of the bay window. 
L-shape kitchen bench
Quite often it is all the little details added in to the design that help make the space usable and the overall design.  We have tied the whole look together with the Jarrah flooring, the black glass splashbacks.  These are added to with the black powerpoints and the inclusion of the pull-up powerpoints in the island bench.

Power points to match the splashback
Pull-up powerpoint

The previous living and dining areas have been retained but updated with new charcoal carpeting.

The dining and living area
The lighting consultant designed the lighting of the whole area, taking into consideration the overall size of the space, how the spaces were utilised and the amount of light required.  The look is created through industrial led lights installed in the ceiling and various powerpoints connected to the light switches for lamps and the delicate yet modern pendant hung above the dining table.
Close-up of the dining room pendant
The original exposed brick fireplace with timber mantle has been brought up to date with the removal of the mantle.  The brickwork was then rendered and painted a contrasting charcoal.  Finished off with flush mounted black granite floor tiles as the new hearth.
Detail of the enclosed fireplace and hearth
Other aspects of the work done included re-lining the exposed timber and rafter ceiling and re-lining the exposed brickwork with plasterboard.  This was all then painted to modernise and brighten this space.

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