Residential Renovation

I was both thrilled and privileged to provide design services for this magnificent historic home in Newtown, Geelong in 2017, having worked on this same house in 2006 for the previous owners who restored its wonderful historic features to modern standards. This time around, the project involved a major renovation and rationalisation of three rooms and a hallway to create a large open living space with magnificent steel-framed glazed doors which open up to the north-facing garden, to maximise light. Two additional bedrooms and bathrooms were also added to cater for this large young family. My clients were keen to modernise but in sympathy with the history of the home – the demolished red bricks were re-purposed to create walls of textural patina, reminiscent of a New York loft. Furthermore, much of the existing kitchen and bathroom joinery was re-installed into new spaces. In keeping with the historic building, stunning encaustic patterned tiles were employed in the wet areas and other hard floors and joinery were finished in new American White Oak with soft grey hues of composite stone and White Carrara marble benchtops, all complimented with simple off-white wall tiles and paintwork. The result is classic, eclectic, elegant chic. Builder: David McDonald Builders. Cabinet Maker: Scott’s Country Look Kitchens. Photography: BWRM Geelong. Furniture Styling: by owners.