This Sydney house renovation and extension resulted in this client’s forever home. The owner was a family of 5 with teenage kids. They loved the area, the community and the location. Prior to the renovation they were existing with one bathroom and a single toilet on the bottom floor. Who doesn’t love a before and after. Check out more of this amazing makeover
The original exterior had very little street appeal and was dated with the arched garage doors and balustrade. Due to the nature of the block we could not extend the living areas to the rear, leaving the area closest to the reserve as the only option.
After Exterior Façade
The new rendered façade changed the entire look and character of the home. Gone are the dated bricks and windows and replaced with commercial grade windows and doors. This improves not only the appearance but also acoustic and climate control but also addressed the rising damp issue.
Interior Renovation Requirements
- Four-bedroom home that exudes a sense of entry.
- Priority given to the kitchen/butler’s pantry and outdoor living as the client loves cooking.
- Provide a living/TV area, dining area with a connection to the outside dining areas.
- The outdoor pergola/alfresco covered in with a fully functional kitchen.
- Specify every finish and item which included handles, tapware, benchtops, paint colours, windows etc. All tiles for wet areas, sanitary items including toilets, towel rails, toilet roll holders etc
Issues with the existing home
- Lack of Privacy for the occupants needed to be addressed
- The distinct lack of bathrooms was a major concern so two extra ensuites and a main bathroom were configured into the floor plan. Perfect for a growing family and some needed privacy for the parents.
- Storage an issue
- The laundry required bench space and storage. Storage throughout the home was vital as there was a distinct lack of it .
Before and After Entry
The entry was overwhelmed by busy tiles competing with the brick wall
Entry Design Solution
The solution involved replacing tiles with timber engineered floor boards, a gorgeous paint scheme and cover the brick wall with a beautiful shiplap cladding installed by BuildRite Sydney with a custom designed pivot door
Main Bedroom and Ensuite
The existing bedroom had no ensuite and very limited storage. By using the space of the wardrobe and taking some from the main bathroom we were able to create a generous ensuite for the parents’. The before and after floor plan shows how we were able to create an ensuite and main bathroom within the existing footprint. This new plan shows how a home renovation and extension demonstrates that clever manipulation and space planning doesn’t mean gutting the entire house.
By removing the walls of the existing bathroom and utilising the hall and wardrobe space in the main bedroom we were able to create a generous ensuite and bathroom.
The new wardrobe has been relocated to the original wall that held the bed. As it is on view as you walk through the door we have splurged on the timber look laminate and stunning handles
The original bathroom was inefficient with the toilet on view directly from the entry foyer. It had a distinct lack of storage.
The finished bathroom although smaller is still large enough for a bath, a generous vanity and shower. The gorgeous hexagon, marble look feature wall is a perfect back drop for our stunning black bath
Spare Toilet, Laundry and Mudroom
The before laundry lacked storage and bench space with the extra toilet on display from the hall. By reconfiguring the spare bedroom, (see plan) another bathroom to service the two bedrooms on the lower level was possible. We were also able to fit in a gorgeous mud room with direct entry from the garage, perfect place to leave school bags and shoes.
The new laundry makes doing laundry exciting with its bench, built in sink and heaps of storage
Double basin and lots of storage means no fighting over the bathroom now
Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry
The existing kitchen was dated, lacked storage, difficult to keep clean and less than efficient access to the space
This new dream kitchen is a space anyone would desire, it has everything you can imagine. There is a designated cooking area, a butler’s pantry as big as a number of kitchens and a view through the glass splashback that showcases the most amazing sunsets
The designated cooking zone with easy access to fridge, ovens and pantry
Removal of walls key to success of design
By removing the dotted walls we opened up the space and enabled a link between the kitchen, outdoor living and living area.
Dining and Living Area
The decluttered space, the feature wall and simplicity of styling has created the most amazing before and after
By removing the dwarf walls and door the entire area opened up
The engineered floor and new linen look sheers add a sophistication and softness to the space
By removing the wall between the existing dining and living we were able to create an open and airy space. At Inspired Spaces we don’t believe in clearing the home of existing furniture and/or items that mean something to the client. Here we have reused the white bookcases and dining suite to perfection
Due to council restrictions and requirements the outdoor area had to be more closed in than we initially wanted. To overcome this we had huge expanses of bi fold windows that open completely up as well as can be sealed in inclement weather. We turned these restrictions to our advantage and extended the ducted air conditioning to this are, so now is not an out door room but a fully functional extra living space for all seasons and weather