The owners were immensely proud of many of the existing homes features that were almost solely handcrafted by the man of the house. The house held a lot of fond memories for them and any changes had to reinforce their practical approach to design and function.
Before the renovation, the living and dining room were a split-level space defined by a central fireplace. To further fracture the space there was four tree columns used to support the ply-lined pitched roof. A narrow step encroached into the living room, resulting in a room that was almost impossible for a group of people to socialise in.
The clients wanted to create an open living room with a new gas fire and larger recessed stair to suit their needs, whilst retaining space for their extensive book collection.
Bella Vie Interiors opened up the centre of the room by locating the new fireplace on a sidewall and including a glass wall to allow visibility and safety between the two floor levels. The wall of existing bookshelves was replaced using Queensland Black Bean timber from the owner’s own extensive timber collection.