Byron Bay in northern New South Wales.
An 80sqm storage shed.
The corrugated iron walls and three roller doors were removed but the original framework, roof and concrete slab of the shed were retained. A new timber floor was installed, along with VJ walls, ceiling cladding, new windows and doors and some additional framework to accommodate a combined bathroom and laundry.
A kitchen and built-in bunk beds were installed in the open-plan living area, and the entire guesthouse received a fresh new colour scheme and decor.
The compact kitchen feels surprisingly light and airy due to the open-plan design, full-width servery window, flush cabinetry and a simple colour palette. The architecturally designed hanging unit that features American oak and open-slat shelving is as stylish as it is functional and the servery window cleverly recesses into the wall. The ‘Mariner’ high stools were sourced from Workshopped.
With a rotating schedule of visiting relatives and friends, the bedlinen needed to be both luxurious and easy-care. Crushed-linen sheets and ‘Flocca’ in Fog cushion covers by Hale Mercantile Co fit the bill.
Simple white fixtures and a subtle palette of tiles, plus a wall-wide mirrored cabinet, makes the small space feel larger. A washer and dryer hide in a corner – a great perk for guests.
Custom built-in bunk beds provide additional sleeping areas in this swish guest space. The bottom bunks have been fitted with LED strip lighting and electrical sockets. The bench behind the King Living sofa is American oak, which provides a place for books as well as additional seating. Cushions on the sofa are from Ahoy Trader and Ourlieu.
Dining area/study nook
A desktop crafted from American oak, and fitted to the wall that runs between the bathroom and the bunks, creates a streamlined and space-enhancing computer hub. New insulation and ceiling fans keep the space cool enough not to require airconditioning.
An artwork by Jessie Breakwell, ‘Tres Melloini’, and The Coastal Cushion Company’s ‘Peony Paradise’ covers add a punch of colour, while a rustic table by Bisque Interiors and ‘Lana’ chairs from Globe West make a no-fuss option for dining.
French oak floorboards and VJ wall panels in Dulux Natural White complete the former shed’s transformation.
The old corrugated iron walls were replaced with timber cladding and the entire exterior painted in Dulux Quarter White Duck. The original roof was also given a coat of Dulux Colorbond Windspray and a merbau deck extended the living space. A striking black and white awning by interior designer Kate Platt not only looks stylish, but is automated with wind and rain sensors.
The dream team
Architect: Ed Davis, Davis Architects, (02) 6680 9202.
Builder: Dan Vardy, Vardy Build, 0416 081 399.