A new, white, bright traditional style kitchen was wanted for this standard weatherboard home in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Walls and doorways were moved and a bulky fireplace was removed to make a large family space with a more intimate sitting room in an adjacent room. Drawers were included where possible, a walk-in pantry built for the main food storage (with microwave) and other specialised fittings used to make the best use of the whole space. A large softly arched mantelpiece with a black upright stove was designed to be the central feature of the kitchen. Glass doors were added to keep it light and a timber mantel was used to key in with the old repaired and matching newly laid hardwood floors. The island bench allows for a generous workspace and is used as a servery when entertaining.

A more modern unit was designed to house the TV and sound system with room for favourite mementos and photographs.

The existing bathroom and wardrobe were reconfigured to make a generous ensuite bathroom accessed via the new walk-in robe. The shower is walk-in with a recessed shelf for soap and shampoos. The generous vanity unit with a stone top has his and hers drawers for toiletries and makeup. A large mirror running from bench to ceiling helps to keep the area bright with light reflected into the robe.

With new furniture and window coverings carefully selected by the client, this is a home transformed.

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