The jumble of sprawling living areas offered abundant space, but no open-plan flow. By removing a gyprock wall between the traditional living and dining areas, the new L-shaped living space is now a free-flowing, light-filled gem that spills into the back sunroom and updated kitchen.
With this redefined living area, I was able to eke out a new bedroom in the centre of the house. By closing off the arch in the entry foyer and stealing space from the living room, I created a new bedroom, opening off the hallway. Two vented skylights compensate for the absence of a window. It’s now a four-bedroom house in an area favoured by families. In fact, a tenant was secured on a one-year lease immediately upon completion of the renovation.
Solatube 400EC vented skylights let hot air out of the room.
Drab to fab Decorating in subdued colours and soft layers has created a cosy bedroom. The elegant window dressing combines slimline venetian blinds for privacy and velvet curtains from Ikea to block out light. Blinds hide an unsightly fence outside.
Pure potential The entry and second living area was more than ample – perfect for creating a valuable fourth bedroom.