Due to some awkward spaces, an old extension and illogical floorplan, homeowners Christine and Andrew spent a few years “umming and ahing” about renovating their Art-Deco home in Melbourne’s south. “We didn’t want to add to its quirkiness and weren’t sure how to fix the flow,” says Christine. According to Christine, she just kept adding makeshift furniture to their old kitchen to increase storage to make it work for their family of four and two dogs.
Eventually they pressed go on a renovation and enlisted GIA Renovations, who managed the remodelling of their entire house, including the kitchen. “They had high standards and great workmanship and were responsible for everything, which meant we didn’t have to worry,” says Christine. Bricking up a door created another wall, allowing GIA to design a more practical U-shaped kitchen with an island in the middle.
The result is a stunning and functional space that embraces a classic new style. The room was gutted and a door from the laundry was bricked in. PVC double-glazed windows and hydronic heating was installed, and the space was reconfigured and elongated to create a functional U-shaped kitchen with a central island and more bench space. The timber floors were sanded, followed by the painting, tiling and kitchen build.
Time frame: Three to four months.
Lessons learned: “When you’re renovating a period home you have to consider your choices carefully,” says homeowner Christine. “I struggled to identify my dream design because I liked a lot of things. Olivia from GIA really helped by guiding us towards something modern, but sympathetic to the period. She’d say, ‘This is lovely, but it’s not your house’.”
“I loved the idea of creating an interesting space using multiple textures, such as the stone, timber and tiles, as well as smooth finished.” ~ Christine, homeowner
Designer notes: “Finishing the edge of your splash-back tiles gives them a more high-end look,” says GIA designer Olivia. “In Christine’s kitchen I used a narrow timber shelf to create a clean finish, but tile trims work too. If you don’t want tiles, create a stone ‘upstand’ to give you a more refined look.”