Bringing a 1970s Unit up to 2020 Standards

The Client's Story

One of our recent Adelaide home renovation projects required us to completely update the interior of one of these units in Kingswood (part of a block of six), prior to the owner putting it on the market. The transformation was quite remarkable, and this property is now a highly desirable unit with an exciting contemporary look and feel. A special thanks to Smallacombe for letting us use their images!

The unit had remained largely unchanged since it was constructed in the 1970s. It looked very dated in terms of the décor, carpets, fixtures and fittings, while the actual layout of the unit itself was not necessarily appealing to buyers in today’s market. The client was therefore looking for a complete update, and this required us to totally gut the unit, including ripping up the existing flooring, as well as deconstructing and then rebuilding the kitchen, bathroom and laundry.

One of the property’s features that the client was keen to retain was the fireplace, which forms a focal point in the living room. This only required a little additional prep work prior to painting in order to restore the woodwork to its original state.


The bathroom was completely gutted, reconfiguring the underfloor and laying a new concrete substrate. We also reconfigured the plumbing to improve its efficiency. In addition, we re-tiled the bathroom from floor to ceiling, using sophisticated white subway tiles, as well as darker, patterned 300 x 600 tiles on the floor. A new bath and shower screen were installed, plus new taps, a new toilet, vanity unit and ceiling, with the whole job topped off by crisp white paint job.

The kitchen renovation was the other major part of the project. Again, we began by completely gutting the existing kitchen and then essentially starting again from scratch. New tiles were laid, flowing seamlessly into the laundry, and we added new subway tile splash backs.

Trilogy Projects undertook all of the design work associated with this project . We managed every aspect of the home renovation process, from helping the client to choose appropriate suppliers, to reviewing their selections, to undertaking all of the deconstruction work, to the rebuilding and installation of fixtures and fittings, to managing the different trades who worked with us onsite.

Key Features

  • Fireplace to living room restored from original
  • New tiling through kitchen and laundry creating a seamless flow
  • Floor to ceiling tiles to bathroom, using white subway tiles
  • Dark, patterned 300 x 600 floor tiles
  • Update of all fixtures and fittings


View some of our other projects

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Comprehensive home renovation in Seaton
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