90’s Décor to a Timeless Modern Country Home
If there was ever a project that defined what a renovation and extension project is, this would be it! Our amazing clients came to us with three objectives; Bring the 90’s décor to a more modern country feel, add more space, and create a dedicated guest wing.
After initial conversations with the clients, we began our design, plan, and construct process. The design stage was great for the homeowners to visualise what could be done to achieve their objectives. We discussed options on how we could create a guest wing and settled on going up. Also, during the design stage, it was decided to update the structure of the original home to help create some additional space within some of the current areas. This required us to square up the original angled external walls in the lounge, dining, and kitchen area as well as the master bedroom.
Another thing that was discussed during the design stage was ways to make the original 90’s home warmer and healthier. New insulation was installed, the joinery was upgraded to double glazed, and a ducted heating system was fitted to service majority of the home.
In the original home, no room was left untouched and new life was breathed into everything from new flooring throughout, new internal doors & hardware, new wall linings and redecorated with a plaster and a fresh coat of paint.
Starting in the heart of the home, we were tasked with delivering a kitchen that was both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The original kitchen had a very 90’s décor with the curved island bench. We removed the corner set up, and working in conjunction with Kitchen Inspirations, created a modern clean line galley like space.
One must on our clients wish list was a scullery. During the design phase we planned on converting the adjoining powder room into their dream scullery. The clean lines continue in here, and this new area provides all storage requirements, as well as plenty of work top area for prepping, and being able to utilise the second sink for clearing away the mess. The feature shelves used for displays adds to the country cottage feel of the home.
The kitchen and scullery consist of shaker style cabinetry in a soft white colour, paired with pewter knob handles. Engineered stone benchtops, that carry up to form the splashback in the kitchen. Finished off with all new appliances.
As we squared up the angled external walls in the dining room adjacent to the kitchen, it allowed for a spacious dining room and informal living space.
The formal lounge also benefited from squaring up internal and external walls. The room is now uniform with the rest of the home and by doing this, it has made the room much more expansive. The focal point is the new wood burner fireplace which makes the room feel very cosy and welcoming.
Aluminium bifold doors were installed in both the informal living room and the lounge, flowing out onto the transformed outdoor areas. The new composite decking allows for a louvre system. We also refreshed the existing concrete patio and installed a Trendz Outdoor Fireplace, its minimalist shape is modern and is a feature of the outdoor entertaining area. The new outdoor areas provide indoor outdoor flow, shade from the louvre for the summer months and the fireplace will be great to bask in the warmth during evenings spent outside.
Flowing down the hallway to the bedrooms and bathrooms, the main bathroom once felt small, and dark was turned into a sanctuary. By moving the bath and fixtures we were able to add a toilet and still make the room feel bigger than it used to. The earthy tones of the tiles with the timber of the vanity adds warmth and the larger window adds extra light. The back to wall bath sourced from Mico was positioned for the user to take full advantage of the rural views.
The layout of the master bedroom was altered by squaring up an external wall, which made more usable space. The master ensuite underwent a transformation to bring it up to date. The luxurious size of the shower invites you in at the end of a long day. The mixture of the timber vanity and tiles adds warmth to the intimate but roomy space.
The laundry was not neglected, it was extended to make the room larger. The room is both functional and stylish. Kitchen Inspirations installed beautiful new cabinetry with the same handles as the kitchen to create symmetry. The new nook is a dedicated place for ironing or steaming clothes. It now has much more storage and a direct connection to outside.
The original entrance of the home was overhauled inside and out. The exterior entrance was upgraded by removing the old timber door and tiled floors and replacing it with a composite deck and sleek aluminium door. When you enter the home, the interior entrance has been modified to feel welcoming and spacious. The new staircase is a seamless addition to the space with its custom handrail leading you up to the new guest wing.
Upon arrival to the dedicated guest wing, you are greeted by a nook which could be used as a study or an office. Past the nook, you’ll find two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one being an ensuite. In the bathrooms, the fresh and warm tones used downstairs were continued. To make a feature of the guest wing, the plumbing fixtures were changed out to gunmetal.
During the construction phase this second storey extension wasn’t without its challenges. Extra strengthening to framing was required within the existing garages to enable the extension. The new roofing from the addition, meant the existing roof got some love and was repainted to match. New insulated garage doors were also installed.
We feel the photos don’t do this project justice. This is now a home that is both modern and timeless. Our happy clients love their home, and we couldn’t be happier to see them settled and enjoying their stunning home.