The designer re-use an existing building, adapted and modified to suit the changing needs of its long-standing owners. The original house was dark and cluttered with separate rooms for each function with no sense of flow.
The energy embodied in an existing building is such that it is generally more sustainable to renovate than demolish and re-create.
Contemporary interior design also has to address an increasingly individualistic and educated client; who may or may not want an attention seeking design.
In the context of residential interiors we seek to identify and isolate this at the start of a project; and if appropriate present our interiors as a spatial design program within which the client can then express themselves.
This substantial renovation of a 1970’s house in Cronulla for a poet and a musician involved significant re-planning and remodelling of both levels to capitalise on the sensational views over Gunnamatta Bay to The Royal National Park.
The whole of the rear façade was re-modelled and extended to enlarge the downstairs portion and create a his and hers studio spaces separated by an extensive library. The upper level was completely cleared into a large open-plan space. The palette of materials was simple with a Scandinavian flavour using lime-washed oak panelling and simple joinery elements – more pictures coming soon.