Inside Out (Australia) - - Renovation -

Sarah and Michael were de­ter­mined to ap­proach the de­sign with­out any pre­con­cep­tions. “We were so open to what Tim and Christie sug­gested,” says Sarah. “We’d have a chat but in the end, we changed very lit­tle from the orig­i­nal pro­pos­als.”

That wasn’t al­ways easy. Case in point: the candy-pink tone now run­ning through the home. “Hon­estly, we were a lit­tle bit shocked. It wasn’t what we had ex­pected,” con­fesses Sarah. “I’m not re­ally drawn to pink. Michael is a bit bolder and af­ter a while he said, ‘yes, I think it will look great.’ I’m glad that we trusted Tim and Christie.”

The sus­tain­ably driven ap­proach to re­use where pos­si­ble also de­liv­ers a feel-good fac­tor. In the kitchen, the ex­ist­ing shell of the cab­i­netry was kept, in­clud­ing stain­less-steel bench­tops but a small sec­tion of the wall at­tached to the is­land bench was knocked down. New ad­di­tions in­clude new doors and the ter­razzo on the is­land bench. Parts of the stair­case and walk­way are also up­cy­cled.

When adding the bed­room box on top, the ar­chi­tects again cap­i­talised on what was there. “The para­pet height was per­fect - we could re­cess back – and the fa­cade cre­ates a bar­rier for the bal­cony. It’s set back from the street so the de­sign could al­low for a pri­vate out­door space off the bed­room,” says Christie.

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