Lo­cal home:

Sala­manca pad own­ers thrilled with reno

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - CONTENT -

THRILLED. This is the word home­own­ers Phil Jones and Co­ryn Barry-Mur­phy use to de­scribe the to­tal re­design of their home in the Sala­manca Square apart­ment com­plex.

It is easy to see why they love it dearly. On en­ter­ing their home it takes about three sec­onds to re­alise what they have cre­ated is some­thing truly spe­cial.

A low whis­tle in­ad­ver­tently es­caped my lips when I first spot­ted the void that con­nects the up­per and lower lev­els while drench­ing the main liv­ing zone with nat­u­ral light. This is com­pli­mented by win­dows that catch views of the square’s foun­tain and the river and bridge above the rooftops.

Then it was a “wow!” from me when I saw the five-star lux­ury of the bath­room with its large, curved Ital­ian tile fea­ture wall, the curved mir­rors and the lav­ish free­stand­ing bath tub. It’s the kind of home that feels like it has a lit­tle sur­prise hid­den around ev­ery cor­ner just wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered.

The brief in­cluded a de­sire to cre­ate a unique home, some­thing dif­fer­ent and arty which is fit­ting for the Sala­manca aes­thetic.

The cou­ple worked on the ren­o­va­tion with in­te­rior de­sign and project man­age­ment ex­pert Lenka Jankov­cova of Find & De­sign. Phil de­scribed its as a “col­lab­o­ra­tion of ideas” be­tween home­owner and their award-win­ning de­signer while Lenka de­scribed her clients as “in­cred­i­ble, amaz­ing peo­ple to work with”.

Phil said the brief in­cluded a de­sire to cre­ate a unique home, some­thing dif­fer­ent and arty which is fit­ting for the Sala­manca aes­thetic. “As far as a place to live, it does not get bet­ter than this,” he said.

The apart­ments in the square were built in 1998 and Phil said a num­ber of their neigh­bours had al­ready ren­o­vated or were start­ing to plan their own home up­dates. For Phil and Co­ryn, the best plan of attack was to take their prop­erty back to its bare bones. It gave them a chance to re­con­fig­ure the floor­plan and make it

work per­fectly for a mod­ern lifestyle.

Lenka de­scribed the style of the home as “ar­tis­ti­cally con­tem­po­rary with a unique, quirky twist”. An as­pect of her de­sign that shines brightly is the bal­ance.

There is a splash of red and a fleur-delis tex­ture by the stairs, an­other hint of red in the kitchen and then also in the up­per level chairs.

There are hexag­o­nal, hon­ey­comb fea­tures dot­ted through the home. An­gles are mir­rored from the cathe­dral ceil­ings, to the doors to the is­land bench in the kitchen.

Each el­e­ment, per­fectly bal­anced, con­nected and in har­mony with one an­other. Ev­ery­where you look there are tex­tures that sing out to be touched — from the be­spoke hon­ey­comb shaped join­ery the kitchen splash­back and its del­i­cately rough­ened look.

Co­ryn said she adored the hon­ey­comb theme in the cup­boards, “I was very happy to use it thor­oughly. As some­one who loves knit­ting and crafts, the tex­ture is won­der­ful,” she said.

The multi-coloured kitchen is an­other show-stop­ping high­light with its gor­geous mar­ble bench com­bined with in­te­grated ap­pli­ances, a wine fridge, wide oven, routed cup­board han­dles and black tap­ware.

The up­per level of the apart­ment is Phil and Co­ryn’s haven. It was orig­i­nally two bed­rooms but now the space has been opened up to cre­ate a sec­ond liv­ing zone, a gor­geous en­suite with more tex­tured tiles and doors, plus the mas­ter bed­room. Here, the doors were cut in an­gu­lar shapes to match the lines of the roofline and cus­tom built cup­boards com­bine artis­tic flare with func­tion­al­ity.

Even the roof plas­ter­ing was some­thing new for the builders with its bold laser-like lines.

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