By focusing on clean lines and quality materials, Bella Vie Interiors transformed a much loved but out of date house in Canberra into a fresh and beautiful retreat.
Following on from Part 1 we share how a 30 year old extension was given a makeover to totally transform its dated peach coloured interior to a fresh and light retreat for its owners.
Starting from scratch in the bathroom
The bathroom was a complete rebuild. As the main guest bathroom, the new design had to cater for all ages from the very young grandchildren right through to the elderly. All the key elements were removed, including an impractical corner vanity and restrictive shower hob. In its place, Bella Vie Interiors installed a wall hung ‘Neo’ solid surface basin from Reece with a custom mirrored shaving cabinet for storage. A hinged frameless glass shower screen discreetly folds back on itself giving the illusion of more space in this tiny room.
The simple, clean lines delivered by the tiled white walls and charcoal floors, are the perfect backdrop for the full wall of mosaic tiles which add a touch of glamour to this stylish bathroom.
Beautiful modern shadow line detail and tiling set outs sit perfectly alongside the new bathroom door with its leadlight panel custom made to match existing doors throughout the house. The original brass and copper handle display a hint of the original features of the house within a completely new contemporary bathroom and ensure the smallest details are perfect.
The kitchen underwent a complete transformation. Old peach coloured cabinetry was removed and replaced with plenty of bench space and storage added. Two Meile ovens and induction cooktop were installed to cater for the owners’ love of cooking. To enhance light into the room, the rendered walls were plastered to provide a smooth surface; the skylight was updated and the cabinetry was painted in Dulux White on White.
The Quantum Quartz ‘Ash Grey’ benchtops are a soft transition between the feature mosaic splashback and the white cabinetry. A matching, metallic coloured, glass splashback ensures ease of cleaning in the cooking zone whilst retaining colour continuity.
The original laundry flowed through from the kitchen with a step down and an awkward hinged door. These two hindrances along with inaccessible storage were the greatest issues faced by the owners. Raising the floor level and installing custom cabinetry solved both these problems and provided the owners with a practical laundry / butler’s pantry. The kitchen finishes including the luxury mosaic splashback continue through to the laundry for continuity.
The small portico outside the laundry has been transformed from a storage place for an oversized hot water service to a functional storage point. The tiled floors and white polyurethane doors coupled with durable black ply continue the colour scheme outdoors. The large hot water service replaced with a more space efficient model.
Embarking on such an extensive renovation so late in life could be considered by some to be a huge undertaking. Would these clients’ do it again? Yes! They are totally thrilled with their new spaces. Bella Vie Interiors were able to get inside their heads and deliver the elements they so desired and yet were unable to uncover on their own. Collectively, the rooms incorporate details that ensure the space feels new and transformed but to the owners it still feels just like home.
Sounds like a very successful renovation don’t you think?
Credits: Images by Nathan Lanham Photography; Window Treatments by Chadwick Designs; Builder - D3 Projects
Founder and Interior Designer - Bella Vie Interiors.