1980’s Home Makeover
There are a lot of reasons people decide to start a home renovation. It could be there’s not enough room, the layout of the house doesn’t flow, it’s dated or it’s been flooded.
This was the reason our owners decided to renovate their early 1980’s, painted block home in leafy Whitfield. A burst kitchen pipe flooded the house, including the kitchen and stunning parquetry floors.
Our brief was to bring the home into the 2020’s whilst retaining the great design features of the original home.
To create a larger, open plan design some dividing walls were removed and the existing laundry was demolished.
We then increased the size of the kitchen by including a walk-in pantry & laundry. This was a much more functional use of the space.
The kitchen was definitely the focal point for our home owners. The client chose beautiful Smartstone benchtops & splashbacks in Statuartio Venato. The doors are finished with Laminex Storm Cloud. The same palete is continue into the laundry, however the benchtop & splashback are finished in Polytec Grey Matera – a cost effective alternative to the stone.
Windows and doors always make a huge difference when you’re renovating. Changing from sliding windows to clear glass louvres in the kitchen has been instrumental in modernising the home along with updating the light fittings.
The flood had damaged the original parquetry flooring, but an area in front of the gorgeous brick feature wall was saved. A hybrid vinyl plank in Spotted Gum was laid throughout the rest of the home to complement the parquetry.
Here’s what we did
- Complete strip out of home including flooring
- New windows and lighting
- Designed the new layout for the kitchen & laundry
- New Kitchen, Laundry & wardrobes in the bedrooms
- New bathroom & ensuite
- New flooring & painting
My Favourite Part
This original brick wall is the absolute hero of the home. It’s original, unpainted brick which I haven’t seen before in a Cairns renovation. We’re so happy the owner kept it instead of covering up with plasterboard. It pays hommage to the original charector of this early 1980’s home.
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