The gen­tle­man’s res­i­dence

An old apart­ment is trans­formed from a mere crash pad into a stylish pied-à-terre, writes

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In some ways, this project is in­dica­tive of the chang­ing de­mands of modern work­ing life. The own­ers of this two-bed­room apart­ment in Potts Point had a more sub­stan­tial res­i­dence out­side the city but, for one of them, reg­u­lar com­mutes to the CBD were just a fact of life.

Un­happy with crash­ing reg­u­larly at an un­wel­com­ing apart­ment, he wanted a stylish mas­cu­line space that would pro­vide sanc­tu­ary af­ter a busy work­ing day.

The per­fect pad

In­te­rior de­signer An­drew Waller set about stream­lin­ing the apart­ment so that it would be both easy to use and a plea­sure to be in.

“The own­ers didn’t want to be stay­ing overnight in the city at ho­tels all the time,” he says. “They needed a base where they would not have to eat take­away ev­ery night.”

To im­prove the func­tion­al­ity of the 75sq m apart­ment — which in­cludes the bal­cony — An­drew de­cided to dis­pense with the sec­ond bed­room by re­mov­ing a wall.

“The smaller bed­room is to the back, which dog legs around so there is more cor­ri­dor than is war­ranted,” he says. “We took the back bed­room wall out and made it a study area in­stead and then we set up the larger bed­room at the front as the main bed­room.”

But the first pri­or­ity was up­dat­ing the kitchen and bath­room, with an em­pha­sis on in­stalling ef­fi­cient but beau­ti­ful join­ery.

“The kitchen is pretty small but it has all the ap­pli­ances you need with the fridge tucked be­hind the join­ery door,” An­drew says.

“We were try­ing to do a lot in there — the wash­ing ma­chine is in the kitchen as well — and there is a dish­washer drawer rather than one with a fold-out door which lim­ited what ap­pli­ances we could choose.”

The style of the join­ery is con­sis­tent through­out the apart­ment, even into the built-in robe in the bed­room.

“We don’t re­ally like to have the kitchen in one join­ery lan­guage and then some­thing dif­fer­ent else­where with no con­ti­nu­ity,” An­drew says.

“We could have done a more traditional join­ery but we wanted to up­date it a lit­tle.”

Be­hind closed doors

Mov­ing ser­vices such as plumb­ing and electrics is no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult in apart­ment build­ings be­cause of the knock-on ef­fects for other apart­ments. An­drew man­aged small changes in lo­ca­tion us­ing the join­ery as a dis­guise.

“With the kitchen, we could con­ceal ser­vices within the join­ery,” he says. “We took the bath out in the bath­room and put in a sink and then we built that within the join­ery.”

While this re­quired in­put from sev­eral dif­fer­ent trades­peo­ple, An­drew tried to keep numbers down in the small space through a few sim­ple de­sign de­ci­sions.

“In the kitchen, we in­ten­tion­ally went higher than the pre­vi­ous line (of cup­boards) so that we would not have to ren­der the wall and

A modern light fit­ting in the liv­ing area sits well with the traditional pat­terned ceil­ing.

Built-in robes in the bed­room stream­line the small space, mak­ing it feel larger.

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