Project Update :: Edwardian house renovation…The Kitchen….
The building began life as a villa, built in the early 1900s,
in an Edwardian style with Federation and Queen Anne influences.
But somewhere around the middle of the 20th century,
it had been split into 2 cottages,
and then an unsympathetic extension had been added to the rear
in the 1980s, when a lot of the dainty detailing had also been removed.
Luckily for the building,
the new owners decided to restore it,
return it back to a single dwelling status,
and to breathe new life into it
with a thoughtful renovation.
They were keen to respect the origins of the home,
while giving it a more contemporary feel.
We reworked the floor plan layout,
removing the dividing central wall in the process,
and completed a new fit out to all the spaces,
including a new kitchen which opens to the family living area.
When I first started working on this project,
I was delighted to discover that the clients had a most extraordinary
collection of sculpture and really interesting artworks,
collected from all over the place,
and each with a wonderful story to tell.
The collection of eclectic objects became my storyboard
for the design of the home.
The house would become a neutral backdrop,
with lots of horizontal surfaces on which to display this
Some areas, like the kitchen, would be kept deliberately uncluttered
so that the artwork & objects could become the star of the show.
I was very privileged to have such wonderful clients on this project.
As you can tell, they love and appreciate beautiful things,
and the resulting home is a credit to their determination to
protect and restore the beauty of an older home.
As the owner said, coming home to such a house is an absolute joy,
with its sense of calm and vibrancy all at once,
and they say to each other:
"Aren't we lucky to live in a house like this?"
It was a massive renovation,
from top to toe,
and we were able to create a fabulous floor plan
without needing to extend the footprint.
But I do suspect the house thinks a little bit of luck was involved
that it got to be rescued, and re-imagined for modern life
and most importantly, re-loved as a home
by a family who appreciate it.
Now that's got to be lucky, I think!