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Lor­raine wanted a more invit­ing kitchen and bath­room to ac­com­mo­date her large ex­tended fam­ily.

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The own­ers of this kitchen and bath­room love the re­sults of their ren­o­va­tion!

“OUR HOUSE IS A PROJECT HOME built in 1999. We bought it 10 years ago, af­ter it had been rented out for years. The kitchen was a ba­sic project-home de­sign with a typ­i­cal lay­out and lam­i­nate bench­tops. Af­ter sell­ing the old kitchen to an­other fam­ily, we took the room back to the studwork and started from scratch.

We try to use lo­cal trades­men and

Dar­ren from Me­dowie Kitchen Doc­tor was very ef­fi­cient and un­der­stood the look I wanted. The old kitchen just had a break­fast bar, but we had an is­land in our pre­vi­ous house and loved it so we changed the lay­out from a U-shape to one with an is­land. The ren­o­va­tion took three weeks and has made the kitchen more open-plan and part of the din­ing area.

Now we have a fam­ily-friendly space with mod­ern ap­pli­ances – a dou­ble oven was a must – with the lux­ury of Cae­sar­stone bench­tops and splash­back and more drawer stor­age. The com­bined pantry/laun­dry was also up­dated to match the new kitchen. We added more bench space, draw­ers and open shelves, then clad the floor with a tim­ber-look tile.

Af­ter the kitchen we ren­o­vated the bath­room. It was tired and dated, with a huge cor­ner bath you couldn’t get into safely. We had to re­design it with our builder Craig to make a larger shower and fit a soak­ing tub. I wanted a light, airy room with a spa feel so both the wall and floor tiles are the same stone de­sign for an over­all calm­ing ef­fect that ties in with the feel of the house. Hovius Join­ery made the van­ity, com­plete with stone wa­ter­fall sides for a bit of lux­ury. Craig Stu­art Build­ing did all the bath­room work in two weeks.”

af­ter

U-turn A new de­sign and more ac­ces­si­ble draw­ers have made the kitchen bet­ter for en­ter­tain­ing.

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