Located in the picturesque coastal town of Kiama NSW. Both home owners had owned several properties prior, but this was now the dream home where they can slowly wind down amongst the laid-back nature of the surrounding neighbourhood.
The design brief contained two parts. Upstairs was to be the ‘dream home’, a representation of their personalities and a place they could enjoy with their extended families.
Downstairs was to be converted from the dilapidated and unused space into rental accommodation.
Our clients have a love of bright colours and retro furniture. Given they live in a 70’s built brick home on the coast it was our job to tie all of these styles together. We wanted to keep a very classic look about the home that would be accented by existing furniture and some bold statements that tie the newly renovated rooms together.
New grey ironbark timber floors were installed upstairs and we opted for a shaker profile to the kitchen joinery in a satin white finish. The benchtops are Smartstone Amara which provide a very soft marble look. The old kitchen was situated right in the middle of the house away for any external walls. We made use of the old slim sunroom and extended the kitchen into this space. New windows and doors were installed and the natural light now comes flooding in.
Likewise with the bathroom, it too was in the middle of the house without any access to natural ventilation. We extended the bathroom so that we could included both a freestanding bath and double shower. We then installed a large Velux skylight to get natural light in. It also open so you can get a breeze coming into the bathroom.
Ok so let’s get to the very obvious feature in this room…no it’s not wallpaper…it’s in fact tiles! This jungle inspired tile set the them for the highlight colour of green throughout the home. You’ll see it behind the cooker in the kitchen as well.
The floor in the bathroom grounds the space with the stunning chocolate parquetry pattern. And once again it’s a porcelain tile so perfectly suited for wet areas.
The downstairs area required immediate attention due to leaking pipework which made this space completely unliveable. We stripped it back and replaced the entire downstairs space with new wall sheeting, ceilings, flooring and joinery. The drainage was fixed and no longer will mold be an issue.
We kept the overall feel coherent with upstairs but opted to use more cost-effective finishes as this wouldn’t be used on a daily basis by the home owners.
We retained space for two bedrooms along with a living and dining room. We created a functional kitchen and bathroom along with hidden laundry and linen cupboard. This is now a beautiful space where the extended family comes to stay.
A word from the owners:
After we had purchased an extremely tired older home with good bones I became overwhelmed with the renovation task ahead. That was when I contacted Sarah. She quickly responded, meeting with us to talk through our options. I have to say how impressed we were with Sarah's ability to listen to our needs and interpret them in a way that we hadn't thought about but loved. We had absolute confidence in Sarah - she is highly creative, organised and able to drive projects through to completion while keeping everyone working together well. Sarah never lost site of the final product while ensuring the project progressed and the quality of the finished product was second to none. I highly recommend Sarah and Birdblack Design to anyone thinking of renovating or planning their next build.
Interior Design & Management: Birdblack Design
Build by: Seacliff Constructions
Joinery: Marlix Bespoke Furniture & Joinery
Photography: My Little Love Photography & Little Pot Creative