A stunning house in Tathra was ready for a partial renovation to increase the space in the master bedroom and add an ensuite.
The clients loved Japanese inspired bathroom designs – and required a bath ‘room’ and walk-in-robe that would be designed utilising the unused space of an existing study area.
Having a difficult floor area to work with, inspired some quirky angles and shapes in the new bathroom, but also resulted in the perfect space for indoor/outdoor bathing.
Cedar bi-fold doors across the entire bathroom span helped ensure the client made the most of their tree-top position overlooking Tathra Beach.
Specially designed to cater for a family and for a use with special access considerations.
The pool features wide steps into the water with a handrail down the centre, a 1 metre wide water blade spilling into the pool through a hardwood clad wall concealing the pools thermal cover, the hardwood deck adjacent covers a 90,000 litre concrete water tank.
Below the water line is a quartzon finish with a mix of local hardwood and stone paving around the pool.
Galvanised steel blades rise up through river stones forming the barrier between house and pool.
Having been confined to a motorised wheelchair since childhood, Toby desired a house that would facilitate his independence and freedom, as well as provide a home for his turtle and school of fish.
His home is robust and masculine providing stimulation, exercise, shelter, views and access that enables him to connect easily with essential local facilities such as the local supermarket, post office and pub.
From his upper level living space, Toby can observe coastal shipping movements, the annual whale migration, the passage of clouds overhead, how the surf is breaking and his fish, in surprising places throughout the house.
This family home started out as a spec home, and began with our design build team having a vision of creating a home that integrated sustainable ideas and practices as optional inclusions.
A spec home was a perfect platform to allow us to design a home that would passively acclimatise, incorporate low maintenance design features, and ideally blur the boundary between indoor and outdoor to suit the Australian family lifestyle.
The features were a thermal chimney, geothermal heating and cooling, louvre bladed awnings, Northern aspect to all the main living areas, and double glazing. These were combined with the conventional parts of the brief such as 3 bedrooms, separate office, informal living room as part of the kitchen area and separate lounge room.
The deck was designed to be ‘cut’ back into the house, to provide a seamless transition from the kitchen/dining, to the undercover deck, and into the separate lounge and family room.
The spaces are linked by large double glazed sliding doors, and with the deck featuring a zip-track insect screen, the internal bbq area is complete.
This farm residence required a full renovation, including a new kitchen, a new main bathroom/toilet, laundry update, and full internal layout changes. The client required a better use of available space, with the elimination of poky dark rooms and the relocation and update of an internally-positioned cold kitchen.
The complete layout change resulted in a flood of natural light and northern sun, a warmer, more functional floorplan, and a house with a colourful and fun aesthetic.
The additions of a walk-in-pantry, two-sided fireplace, walk-in-robe, and a private exterior deck off the main bedroom, instigated a completely new lifestyle for the client.
Designer/Architect: Sketch Design & Interiors
An existing internally-positioned cold kitchen required relocating to take advantage of northern sun and natural light, and needed a complete redesign in fit-out and finishes.
A more functional open-plan layout was designed, with a generous island bench, walk-in-pantry with second sink for vegetable washing, and a solar ventilated pantry cupboard to store the fresh fruit and vegetables gathered from the client’s garden.
A colourful palette complimented a new recycled red-brick floor and two-sided fireplace.
Designer/Architect: Sketch Design & Interiors
This versatile and open-plan beach house, offers multiple areas to accommodate entertaining family and friends during their Pambula Beach holiday.
Features include a mixture of lightweight external claddings, using fire cement sheet and two-tone Colourbond steel installed at various angles to give the northern aspect a look not unlike the bow of a ship.
There are two large decks, one on each level of the house, both with large glass sliding doors to access the living areas.
The four spacious bedrooms are supported with three bathrooms and a powder-room.
The kitchen, with a view to die for, has benchtops of both stainless steel and natural stone. Natural stone was also used to form a hearth for the gas log fireplace.
Architect/Designer: Andrew W. Czapnik
The key to this renovation was relocating the kitchen to the opposite side of the space allowing the north-eastern corner to be utilised for living spaces.
The kitchen bench tops are unpolished, and the palette is natural, creating a simple relaxed interior.
Materials are employed to define the areas, Australian timber veneer for the lounge and dining joinery, and white semi-gloss cabinetry for the kitchen.
The overhead shelving extending around the corner plays a role in linking the living area and views at the front of the house with the outdoor areas at the back.
This bathroom achieves its relaxed modern aesthetics through the selection of unpolished natural stone slabs for floor and walls resulting in minimal joints for clean lines.
The opaque glass window and operable external louvres filter light and provide privacy.
The timber framed sliding doors create flexibility allowing the bathroom to become part of the bedroom and open up to the view.
In keeping with the overall brief for the project, “A place for everything and everything in its place” storage is provided through a side opening cabinet concealed behind the mirror.