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.