This empty nester’s family home needed extensive modernisation with consideration for aging in place. I was requested to update the entire home and create a home that was comfortable to live in, to enjoy hobbies and interests, and occasionally entertain small groups of family and friends.
Feeling stale with the house, the owners had a desire for a refresh and a modernised look and feel. This extensive cosmetic renovation required a complete re-do of the bathroom, ensuite and laundry, an extensive paintwork colour scheme, new floor coverings throughout, updated furniture except for a few pieces, replacement of all window treatments, updated lighting, provision of storage solutions, all to create a homely feel within a modest budget.
The property is a 4-bedroom and 2-bathroom home in Flagstaff Hill, South Australia. A large pergola, flanks the extensively glazed open plan living and kitchen areas, providing a covered entertaining area with garden views. Formal living areas are positioned at the front of the home.
The open concept living room was spacious yet looked dark due to a large dark brick wall and the natural light being blocked by heavy curtaining, so only half of the room was used.
Old, dark traditional furniture, a dark brick fireplace and old carpets added a heaviness to the formal living areas.
The previously updated kitchen wasn’t congruent with the rest of the house. The bathrooms and laundry were very tired.
The home office was severely lacking in functional storage. Hobbies and exercise were neglected due to feeling disconnected in existing room, and lack of appealing, functional space for use.
A new colour scheme of white and grey with warm timber and teal/blue accents was introduced.
A new design and space planning was created to encourage participation in hobbies & interests plus creation of an exercise and well-being corner.
Fresh window coverings were selected to make the most of the natural light, plus consider the hot morning and afternoon sun, plus privacy requirements in some rooms.
Laundry cabinetry was designed to suit the owner’s particular requirements with addition of a large benchtop and overhead wall mounted storage. Fixtures, fittings, and sanitaryware was selected for wet areas. All tiling was selected.
Modern furniture, lighting, rugs, and new door hardware were selected.
The living rooms dark brick wall and fireplace surround were rendered, and a contemporary electric fire installed.
Timber look hard flooring was extended throughout the living areas. New grey carpeting added a cosy luxe feel to the bedrooms.
Artwork, family gallery walls, select heirloom furniture pieces were incorporated into the design, and soft furnishings added as finishing touches to make it feel like home.