SMALLTALK

Your Home and Garden - - Your Renovation -

SIM­PLE PLAN

A mod­est reno to their near-orig­i­nal 1920s bun­ga­low kitchen has made daily life a lit­tle bit eas­ier for this mod­ern fam­ily. What style were you go­ing for with the makeover? We wanted to keep the her­itage style, so had the cup­board doors and draw­ers made to match the tongue and groove walls. We wanted bet­ter use of very lim­ited space.

De­scribe the process. With just one bench unit, the makeover was pretty small and sim­ple. We left the rest of the kitchen in its orig­i­nal state, with walk-in pantry and food/meat safe, as the space is still very prac­ti­cal and had buck­ets of charm. Scott and I re­designed the bench with draw­ers, dish­washer, large sink and oven/hob. Any ma­jor dis­as­ters? No, but ren­o­vat­ing a 100-year-old house has its chal­lenges. The walls aren’t square and there was a 17mm dif­fer­ence in floor height from one end of the bench to the other, so a bit of tweak­ing was in­volved.

THE RE­SULTS

What did you want to achieve? A mod­est up­date to in­clude draw­ers, dish­washer and built-in oven with hob. We were af­ter a prac­ti­cal short­term so­lu­tion within the con­fines of the ex­ist­ing foot­print but some­thing that is func­tional for mod­ern fam­ily liv­ing.

How does the new kitchen work for you? It’s a great lit­tle space. You have to be very tidy when you have a small kitchen – clean as you go!

BUD­GET

What was your bud­get? We didn’t set a strict bud­get but stuck to just what we needed in terms of func­tion­al­ity and brief.

What did you splurge on? We splurged on the light switches. Her­itage switches are ex­pen­sive – about $40 each, but we are com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing some of the won­der­ful orig­i­nal fea­tures of this beau­ti­ful 100-year-old bun­ga­low, and we love the de­sign of them.

What did you save on? Be­ing in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, we utilised tradies we work with all the time. Scott is also a builder so he in­stalled the kitchen which saved us money.

TO­TAL $12,000

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FACT FILE Cab­i­nets and cus­tom-made bench­top in stain­less steel by Dis­tinc­tion Join­ery. Kitchen car­cass is Formica on ply. The door and drawer fronts are MDF fin­ished with a two-pot lac­quer. Tiles from Tile Space. Tap­ware from Plum­bline out­let store. Hard­ware from Mardeco. Oven, in­duc­tion cook­top and dish­washer from Fisher & Paykel. Walls in Re­sene ‘Quar­ter Bis­cotti’. Trim in Re­sene ‘Quar­ter Pearl Lusta’. Floor­ing is orig­i­nal wood floor­boards.

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