Located in the picturesque coastal town of Kiama, NSW, both home owners had owned several properties prior. They had now acquired their dream home; the place where they would come to slowly wind down amongst the laid-back nature of the surrounding neighbourhood.
Our clients’ design brief consisted of a two-part project. The upper level would in fact become our clients’ dream home: a representation of their personalities and a place they could enjoy with their extended families.
The low level (and second part of the project) was to be rejuvenated and restored from the dilapidated and unused space into rental accommodation.
Our clients LOVE bright colours and retro furniture. Given the 70’s coastal brick home, Birdblack Design was charged with tying all these styles together. We wanted to keep a very classic look about the home, accenting it with existing furniture and some additional bold statement pieces, creating cohesion throughout the newly renovated rooms.
New grey iron bark timber floors were installed upstairs and we opted for a shaker profile to the kitchen joinery in a gorgeous satin white finish. The benchtops are Smartstone Amara which provides a beautifully soft marble look. The old kitchen was situated in the middle of the house, away from any external walls. Birdblack Design made creative use of an old sunroom, extending the kitchen into this space. Once new windows and doors were installed, natural light now abounds in this brilliant space.
Likewise, the bathroom was also situated in the middle of the house – without any access to natural ventilation. By extending the bathroom, we could include both a freestanding bath and double shower, much to our clients’ content. A fabulously large Velux skylight was installed to provide natural light in yet another renovated room. Additionally, the now open space allows a delightful breeze to flow through the bathroom.
It is now time to address the FABULOUS elephant in the room – the bathroom’s most striking feature. Like most people, you may be shocked to discover this jungle inspired tile is in fact a tile, and not at all wallpaper! This tile set the theme for the colour green to be featured throughout the home. You can find these tiles in the kitchen as well.
The floor in the bathroom grounds the space with a stunning chocolate parquetry pattern: a porcelain tile perfectly suited for wet areas.
The downstairs area required immediate attention. The leaking pipework made this space unliveable. Birdblack Design stripped the entire downstairs space and installed new wall sheeting, ceilings,flooring and joinery. The drainage was fixed and mould will no longer be an issue.
We were able to retain space for two bedrooms along with a living and dining room. We created a functional kitchen and bathroom along with a hidden laundry and linen cupboard. This is now a beautiful space, perfect for the extended family or seasonal vacationers.
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 sight 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: Birdblack Design
Build: Seacliff Constructions
Joinery: Marlix Bespoke Furniture & Joinery
Photography: Better Together Photography Co