More than just a home renovation, this was a total transformation

More than just a home renovation, this was a total transformation
More than just a home renovation, this was a total transformation
More than just a home renovation, this was a total transformation
More than just a home renovation, this was a total transformation
More than just a home renovation, this was a total transformation
More than just a home renovation, this was a total transformation
More than just a home renovation, this was a total transformation
More than just a home renovation, this was a total transformation

Our Adelaide home renovation team trans-formed a tired 1960s house into a modern fami-ly home

It’s fascinating to see how a property that was built relatively recently, in the 1960s or 1970 for instance, can show its age so quickly and so dramatically. This was certainly the case with a house at Rostrevor, in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, where we recently undertook some extensive home renovations in order to bring it up to today’s standards ahead of it being put on the market.

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A stunning Adelaide home renovation that completely transformed this 1960s property

Not all home renovations are equal. Some might require the reconfiguring of a room or two by knocking down a wall, for instance, while another might involve a style makeover that changes the look and feel rather than the structure of the property. Other renovations, however, like this one we undertook at Kensington in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, require much more, and are more akin to a total transformation rather than simply a renovation.

What was the client looking for?

Our client wanted the home renovation process to entirely reconfigure both the style and layout of their 1960s family home. In terms of decor, they were aiming for an uncluttered, Hamptons-style look and feel, with light colours and rustic-style furniture and fittings.

As part of this design concept, they also wanted us to open up the space for them, in order to create open-plan living areas that would produce a more contemporary and versatile floor plan.

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What was the original house like?

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old adelaide hallway furniture

Originally constructed in c. 1966, the property had been largely unchanged since that time. This meant that the style of furniture was somewhat dated, with brown the dominant colour, while the pale, striped wallpaper and floral patterned carpets were clearly products of their time. The bathroom (so often the room that shows its age most quickly) was cluttered and inconveniently laid out, while the kitchen was not a particularly welcoming space, with cabinetry and tiling that had undoubtedly seen better days.

The client’s must-have features

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In addition to the desire for a more open-plan living space and a reinvigorated design style, there were some key features that the clients wanted us to incorporate into the home renovation process.

This meant that retaining the original floorboards was integral to the design concept, while a gas fireplace was a desirable feature that was intended to complement the overall look and feel of the living room. At the same time, however, the location of the fireplace needed to be retained, along with the existing location of the blinds, tiling, skirting boards and cornices.

What was significant about this renovation project?

We needed to devise some very innovative solutions in order to complete this most comprehensive of Adelaide home renovations.

For instance, upon first inspection we noticed that there was a significant crack in the brickwork. Further inspections revealed that there were some major structural issues, including a cracked under purlin in the roof structure that required immediate attention.

We also noticed that the back corner of the house was sinking due to past poor workmanship. We resolved this by replacing the existing supporting beams and underpinning the house.

modern living room fireplace renovation

Another major element of the work was the installation of the supporting beams that were essential in creating the open plan living room. Key to the successful completion of this aspect of the project was the team’s high quality engineering work and the detailed forward planning that was required.

What makes this home renovation work?

Other aspects of the project also made a major difference both to the look and liveability of the property. The bathroom renovations in particular changed the existing space beyond recognition, through the removal of the bath tub, enlarging the shower, adding updated fixtures and fittings, and replacing the dated tiles with a much more contemporary style.

white tile modern bathroom

The before and after shots of the project clearly show how successful this renovation was. Now reinvigorated with contemporary decor, stylish furniture, and a sense of flow achieved by opening up the space, this somewhat dated 1960s property now has a warm yet sophisticated look that makes it a throughly welcoming family home.

white modern kitchen renovation

The kitchen renovations, too, were substantial, and resulted in a thoroughly modern and stylish, yet highly practical space. A new oven and cooktop were incorporated into the design, and there is now significantly more bench space, making the kitchen both more user friendly and less cluttered.

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