This early project was to redesign the ground floor of a house built in 1950s in Sydney Eastern Suburbs. Our customers, a young family, wanted to modernise the house. During our specification meetings, we found out that she loves to cook but would have liked an open plan kitchen so she could interact with guests. She also noted they rarely entertained in a formal dining setting and preferred more family oriented occasions.
We noted the existing furniture was traditional in style and our customers had not decided on the style of furniture yet, therefore they were looking for our help here in specifying furniture which to complement their way of living and the activities they enjoyed.
They both wanted to update the entertainment area and systems and she wanted to update the kitchen and convert it to a more functional one.
We started with this floorplan of the house and specified various updates and changes which were proposed to our customers and agreed upon.
Sydney Eastern Suburbs
Entering the central hallway, a two door entrance which would add to the design a more luxurious feel is replacing the standard door in the original layout.
Opposite the entrance, the stairs have been kept, however the design has changed to an open staircase with built-in shelving units aiming to transform the staircase to a focal point in the open living/dining room layout.
On the east wall, one of the internal walls has been knocked down after a consultation with a building engineer. This forms a large and spacious open living/dining and kitchen area.
An L-shaped sofa has replaced the two sofas facing each other. The sofa serves as a natural border between the different spaces in the open living/dining area. A coffee table and an entertainment unit have been positioned so that our client, a young couple, to be able to entertain their guests in a modern and spacious environment.
The two front windows have been left unchanged so as to provide natural light to the living room space.
The dining area has been incorporated into the open living/dining space with a square table adjacent to the staircase. The table seats up to eight people and can be easily moved around in case more seatings are necessary. A low-hung lamp above the table transforms this area into a second focal point in the design.
The area which was taken by the old study is now transformed to a U-shaped kitchen. One of the windows has been extended to 2500mm to provide for sufficient natural light both to the dining area and kitchen.
A refrigerator is placed on the north wall, next to the backdoor. Along the north wall, a block of kitchen units has been added holding the stove and oven. The sink and the dishwasher are placed on the east wall underneath the two windows.
A breakfast bar is included in the layout to please our client, turning it into a more open space suitable for social talks and entertaining the guests while cooking.
The old powder room has been transformed to a pantry and storage space which is close enough to the kitchen thus providing easy access by the cook.
Backdoor and West Wall
The space on the west wall has been designed to provide a level of solitude (with the reading corner and study) as well as room for some household activities (laundry and cleaning) to the owners of the house, considering the open plan kitchen/living/dining area.
The arrear entrance has been kept as per original layout. Entering from the back of the house, the space previously being the old laundry area has been transformed to a small hallway. The kitchen is to the left and space has been left for a side table and coat hanger along the wall to the right.
The door to the right has also been kept as per the original design, however the direction of opening has changed so the door to open to the inside of the new laundry and provide more space for activities in the hallway, e.g. brushing off dirt from shoes, hanging coats, umbrellas, etc.
Replacing the old kitchen area is the laundry and toilet and a sliding door leads to the shower room. Both are close to the arrear entrance which is convenient for any guests visiting or kids playing in the backyard.
Further down along the west wall and left from the main entrance is a small reading corner. The two windows on the front and west walls have been kept so they provide sufficient natural light for reading. Two armchairs and a coffee table have been positioned. The area is being separated from the main entrance by a floor-to-ceiling open bookshelf which visually separates the hallway from the study without closing out the space. The chairs in the corner also allow for guests and family members visiting to relax and keep their coats and other belongings.
A small wall separates the reading area from the study which is located further north on the west wall. The study can easily be transformed to kids play room. The study desk is located along the north wall of the room and a window has been provided so that natural light to enter the space.
An updated lighting plan was agreed and executed as part of the project to support the agreed floorplan following the customer specifications.
As part of our project, we were asked by our client to style and decorate the space. The below images are representing our design work on the dining area, kitchen, lounge area and reading corner.
Our client was extremely happy with the result with the feeling it was complementing their life and encouraging the activities they loved, together or separately.