When renovating it's important to consider what's most important to you and what would help you achieve the lifestyle you want to live. In this Sydney renovation, Kitty Lee Architecture created a calming and refined home which achieves is perfect for entertaining - even though there's no dining room!
"The design brief to fit seven seats around an island was the starting point for this terrace renovation", explains Kitty. With a vision of how they wanted to live, the clients knew what they needed to focus on. "Stripped of its 1980s interior, the project was an exercise in restraint, to achieve a quiet backdrop for the dinner parties to come."
The island bench becomes the focus of the updated kitchen, while "a neutral palette of pale oak floors, Victorian Ash details, matt Caesarstone benchtops and simple white joinery combine to create a minimal yet multi-functional kitchen and dining space."
The powder room and bathroom were also given a lift. Aquamarine mosaic tiles provide a splash of colour, while warming Victorian Ash cabinetry softens these wet areas. The bathroom was reconfigured to house a generous bath and separate shower while still taking advantage of an existing skylight.
"Through the use of muted finishes, simple geometries and thoughtful planning, the end result is a house that evokes a sense of calm", the architect explains. Focussing on what lifestyle the client wanted in the new home made it easy to determine whether the design was a success. If seven friends and family can gather around and enjoy a dinner party in a house with no dining room? This renovation has hit the mark.
Ground floor Plan
First Floor Plan