Grand plans on small flat

This old granny flat is now young at heart,

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - BEFORE & AFTER - writes Cather­ine Nikas-Bou­los More

There was noth­ing dra­mat­i­cally wrong with this Chatswood granny flat but while it was neat and tidy it was cer­tainly look­ing its age.

So when the pre­vi­ous ten­ants moved out, the own­ers thought it would be a good chance to re­fresh it with a lick of paint be­fore look­ing for a new ten­ant.

But that quick-fix tin of paint was still sit­ting by the side of the door al­most six months later. In­stead, it sparked a con­ver­sa­tion about what the prop­erty re­ally needed and be­fore the paint could be ap­plied, sev­eral walls were knocked out.

In­te­ri­ors By Ca­son’s Noe­lene Ca­son took charge of the re­design, with a de­ci­sion to make the granny flat com­pletely self con­tained by adding a wash­ing ma­chine and clothes dryer — turn­ing the quick makeover into a six-month long project.

The bath­room was the ob­vi­ous place to ac­com­mo­date the laun­dry, so the ex­ist­ing over­sized shower needed to be repo­si­tioned. Un­for­tu­nately ini­tial work re­vealed plumb­ing is­sues and wa­ter dam­aged walls.

“This small job ended up be­ing a full re­place­ment of the bath­room and kitchen walls, and the re­lo­ca­tion of the bath­room plumb­ing,” Noe­lene says.

Half­way through the project, the builder tasked with the ren­o­va­tion left, say­ing he was too busy with other work.

“For­tu­nately builder Peter Carol stepped in to com­plete the project,” says Noe­lene.

Many of the other trades­peo­ple were sourced through, which she says was per­fect fo­rum for small jobs.

Cook­ing up more space

Mov­ing the wall be­tween the bath­room and kitchen meant an­other 200mm of room was added to the kitchen.

Noe­lene says the flow-on ef­fect was that the dated glass brick win­dows in that space could also be re­placed, and that got the ball rolling on re­plac­ing all the other win­dows.

The kitchen was re­freshed with a new bench­top and ap­pli­ances, and new join­ery units were in­stalled cre­at­ing more stor­age.

“We went to Bun­nings and colour matched the ex­ist­ing join­ery,” Noe­lene says. “We also added a tim­ber bench­top and in­stalled a cook­top and a range­hood. Be­fore that, there was a stand-alone oven.”

While the granny flat al­ways had a pri­vate en­trance, a new slab was poured for a pa­tio, with a seat carved from the sand­stone rock near the front door. Deck­ing and a gar­den path was then added with sand­stone steps.

“The quick makeover from a can of paint ended up as ma­jor works,” says Noe­lene.

The bed­room en­joys easy ac­cess to the pa­tio.

New tim­ber bench­tops and a stream­lined cook­top and oven up­date the com­pact kitchen.

The sunny new deck is an invit­ing spot for din­ing.

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