Top Home Renovation Projects
Searching for some much needed inspiration for your next renovation venture? We present to you some of our top renovation projects
Stunning home renovation on a budget
An original ‘70s house located on a main road received some much-needed TLC with a clever yet budget-conscious renovation by Renovating for Profit’s Cherie Barber, which aimed to create a special place for buyers to fall in love with.
A complete overhaul was required, which included restoring and replacing flooring throughout and painting the property’s interior and exterior. A new front door with glass panels was purchased to bring a modern, contemporary feel to the home, and the old balustrading was removed and replaced with horizontal timber to freshen up the façade, which was now on display due to the removal of overgrown foliage.
A complete internal refurbishment was carried out including the painting of all rooms, new skirting boards and architraves, new downlights throughout, installation of a new kitchen and appliances, refreshing the existing bathroom, a timber privacy screen installed in front of the lounge room, floor sanding and polishing plus a new wardrobes, blinds and door handles throughout.
The monstrous home renovation project also consisted of a complete external refurbishment including cement rendering of all exterior walls, exterior painting of all external trims and walls, new timber screens on the front verandah, the installation of new garden beds and plants, plus a new front fence and letterbox. What resulted was a renovation project that had successfully transformed a tired and outdated, house into a luxurious, modern home that would be attractive to potential buyers.
Real renovation: Beachside blend
A Fairlight home in dire need of an update was transformed via a stunning home renovation to blend with its natural surroundings, courtesy of Sydney interior architecture and design firm, Mr. Waller. For an active family of four, creating a home that complemented the natural surroundings was key, along with opening up the space and updating the kitchen and bathrooms.
The home consisted of four bedrooms and three bathrooms, but there was limited daylight in the central area. This was addressed by the removal of internal walls. With the house clearly “caught up in the ‘80s”, the original kitchen truly captured the era with a black granite triangular island. Then there was the indoor spa in the corner of the lounge and the Memphis-style bathroom upstairs. Ceiling heights also had to be considered given the new concept for the kitchen and new bathroom.
The aim of the new concept was to allow for increased ceiling heights to the kitchen and to allow the partition wall to be removed between the kitchen, lounge and front hallway. The brief was for the kitchen to have a better connection to the reception spaces and rear terrace for entertaining as well as an area where the family could casually gather. Referencing traditional Australian weatherboard beach houses with a slight Scandinavian aesthetic, the new kitchen and lounge area is light and open. “Loose” furnishings including the freestanding pantry were chosen to link with the pieces in the adjacent lounge area, ensuring fluidity. Painted in sage, the blue-green hue is ideal for the location and injects just the right amount of colour into a house based around a minimal palette with subtle pops of colour and pale timber.
Encouraging the highly sought-after indoor-outdoor living concept, a barbeque area with outdoor lounge, table and seating is also included, a perfect spot to entertain guests and enjoy the balmy nights and cool breezes Fairlight is gifted with. Andrew Waller has produced an interior that preserves an Australiana feel with just the right amount of European influence, ultimately creating a home that brims with quality and an unmistakable aesthetic.
Bright and beachy: a Cottesloe renovation
These clients were after a full-scale renovation, with the end result of achieving a contemporary, bright and beachy feel for their Cottesloe home, perfect for indoor-outdoor living with a neutral colour palette. The total home renovation involved re-configuring the existing lower level, relocating the kitchen and creating an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area by removing a dividing wall.
New windows, doors and pre-finished washed oak flooring was utilised to fit the design brief, while matte white cabinetry was used to adhere to the neutral colour palette. Carefully placed wooden highlights bring the space to life, while a standout range of co-ordinated tiling throughout the bathroom, kitchen and laundry helps to unite the three spaces while giving each its own unique feel. An alfresco area welcomes the outdoors and provides the ideal space for entertaining.
Northcote Victorian Italianate Home Design: Old School Meets New
A Victorian Italianate home from the 1890s is not easily come by. A notable phase in 19thcentury classical architecture characterised by simply enchanting structures. Owners Vanessa and Jesse Gerner were romanced by this Northcote house, cracks and all, and decided to work with OLA Studio to preserve the ethos of the original structure while adding a modern extension for their family of five.
For this large-scale home renovation, the flow of the home had to be completely reworked to cater for a couple and their young family. The original dwelling now home to three bedrooms, a rumpus room for the kids, a main bathroom and a library and office perched just below the roof. The new addition consisted of the common areas including a kitchen, living and dining space on the ground floor and the master suite on the upper level. The original house was one solid form with all rooms contained within a single volume.
In stark contrast, the new extension is box-like in appearance and stacked to precision, standing proud as the new-age sibling of the 1890s house. The new build adopts the rectilinear forms of the old rooms, but varies their sequence and size to create a series of intimate internal and external spaces. Not to be forgotten, the original home’s masonry blocks, featuring a light-coloured render, also played a part in forming the addition’s composition and palette via the use of lighter timber materials with dark, textured finishes, common in old Japanese architecture.
Not just inspired by the bones of the Italianate home, OLA was equally motivated by the homeowners themselves, designing a space that would complement their personalities and lifestyle. Now a charming family home, the residence offers the best of both worlds. Part old school and part new school, the home renovation has provided a culmination of the owners’ passion for preservation paired with an architectural vision to think outside the box and build one instead.
Made in Italy: a factory conversion turned hyper-modern home
It may be difficult to believe this hyper-modern three-bedroom house was once part of a derelict factory. Located in the global design hub of Milan, Italy, the home renovation draws on its industrial roots and blends them with a healthy dose of modernism.
The purposes of the loft are separated between two levels. Located on the ground floor is the master bedroom with ensuite and the living area with an open-plan kitchen that conveniently leads to the dining room. Concrete floors are a brave choice of flooring here, with grey threatening to dampen the mood of the home, but the material is lifted by the timber and raw-iron staircase that divides the kitchen and lounge room, while also serving as the architectural centrepiece of the home.
Up the stairs, a compact study nook is revealed along with two bedrooms for the children and a bathroom. The living area is the central space for the family to gather in this home, with large floor-to-ceiling windows ensuring light is always on tap. With the close proximity between the dining and kitchen area, entertaining guests and preparing meals for the family is extremely convenient.
Greatly influenced by the structure’s past the owners took inspiration from its history when designing the home. Using strong materials including concrete, raw iron and metal, the style of the home is very much industrial, but is cosy rather than cold thanks to bright furnishings that inject warmth and excitement into the interior. The home renovation brings a sense of minimalism to the family home, which can often become an overwhelming and frantic space and the loft embodies a calm serenity that offers just the right amount of peace and quiet.
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