Renovation Stories

Family Apartment Renovation In West Perth

A place to rest,  in the “big smoke”,  for a Mandurah based family of 5,  takes on a new modern look from Essence Interiors’ Renovation Project Management

Budget:  $50k

Cost:  $48k

Timeframe: 8- 10 weeks

Details: 80’s built 2 beds, 2 bath and laundry, pool facing apartment with balcony on the second floor, group of apartments in West Perth.

Just completed:  a ten week renovation of a two bed, two bath apartment in West Perth.  A family from Mandurah own this apartment and use it when they need to come to “the big smoke.” Husband Don, works in Perth and the kids attending uni shortly, so it will be getting much more use soon.   "Time for an update", said busy mum Belinda, who had not done anything since ‘Dulux Hogs Bristle’ was rolled on the walls of their apartment in the mid eighties. Belinda said the apartment was looking, “old, tired and definitely outdated”. 

With those eighties yellow tones overriding the whole interior aspect, the yellowness was  to be banished,  in favour of a more contemporary grey based interior. Dulux Beige Royal Half strength for the main walls, with a few accent areas in Dulux Linseed (a very versatile shade of Khaki) gives an instant lift and brightens the scheme. White ceilings and Beige Royal quarter on all trims. Now Belinda loves the new colour Linseed and says, ”the new colour scheme has lifted the whole feel of the unit, giving it a fresh, modern and stylish feel.”

North Perth Renovation- Main Bathroom on a budget!

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The Main bathroom here was not being used properly. The bath was redundant and needed to go. A bigger shower was required and the old vanity seemed to be too long for the space and made the entry door jut into the room. A more modern look was needed as well- the federation style tiles were ageing the space and there was no natural light , so the area was dim.

Brand new moderrn tiles and a new trendy vanity were included plus a shower screen and mirror. Here is the Bathroom BEFORE  the renovation  The shower now replaces the bath position. There is storage where the shower was. The vanity is smaller but more up to date and still enough for storage. We installed new downlights overhead and moved the old ceiling fan. Now the door opens fully and the space is opened up. The bright tiles reflect the light and the space shines.

All this on a very tight budget? Not a problem...... we have all the iideas and the knowledge to source the goods needed to bring it under the budget. 

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Study Nook Adds Life to extended Kitchen

NO ROOM FOR A STUDY? TRY ADDING A STUDY NOOK!

This kitchen had space for lots more storage by extending into the living room area. The owners desperately needed a study space for their computer and files but there was no more room in the house to locate a study anywhere! What was their walk- in robe was being used as a study and it wasn't working! So what to do when there's no space to put a study but there's room in the kitchen?

See the below original kitchen photos to see how cluttered and out dated the kitchen area was.

Before photos are below:

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Create a study nook with new kitchen cabinets that blend the old with the new. This can be tricky, as you don't want to end up with two cabinetry areas that don't relate. You need to make it look seamless and like it had always been there. Clever design and choice of cabinetry colours can achieve this and you can extend your cabinets to make it look like an extension of the original.

The island bench was removed as it was a strange shape, a triangle kind of shape and the location in the middle of everything, meant it made manoeuvring in the kitchen a problem. Appliances, such a toaster were in the corner and the congestion to get to the kettle etc became a problem. They needed an appliance cupboard external to the main kitchen triangle. This way the kids can make a snack without intruding on mum in the kitchen prepping dinner. Some new overhead LED down lights complete the modern look.

Although the original kitchen had a Corian bench top it was easy to find a laminate in a colour that closely mimics the original Corian, so on first glance you cannot tell it's something else been used. Adding wood grain units to extend into the study nook/appliance area meant that the units added in the living area did not look too 'kitchen-like'. They appear more like
furniture. The new study nook has a long desk area with power points, overhead storage and two full height cupboards to hold all the files and paper work. The appliance cabinet has a handy bi-fold door that can be shut to cover up any mess inside. The breakfast bench now extends into the kitchen in one straight line, drawing the eye and looking much neater than before. There's room for the kitchen stools and big drawers on the other side. The overall affect is a modern look in the kitchen with storage solutions and better functionality. The
owners love it and it appears as if it's always been there.

Look at our fantastic after shots of the kitchen/study nook transformed below!

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DOUBLE TROUBLE BATHROOM RENOVATION; MOUNT HAWTHORN

They had last been renovated around 16 years prior, by the owners when they first bought the house- but little did they know that the work done then, was more than ‘shoddy’.

Bathroom one had a claw foot bath, which had rusted and the enamel wore off. It had to go! It is now an outdoor herb garden.

The tiles were ‘Federation Style’ subway tiles in Cream and Dark Green and very dated. The vanity was a keeper- it had been custom made originally and it was a corner unit- so it was compact and fitted the space. The owners wished to retain and revive the vanity but to renew everything else.

As is the case with many older homes, the situation ‘ underneath ’ was going to be a lottery. You just can’t tell what dodgy tiling, ancient pipe work and bad plumbing, asbestos walling or harzardous wiring may be lurking. A good warning to the owners and a bit of a contingency fund, is always a good idea when starting a renovation in these older homes.

Straight up, we encountered a problem with the old floor. There was no concrete slab at all under the old tiles- just a pile of sand rubble. This had been put on top of the previous tile and just re-tiled over. It was substandard work and not a good start- so we needed to dig it all out and re concrete the entire floor. This did cause a time lag and an increase in the costs- but better to be safe than sorry.

On the upside, we managed to save money by re using tapware that wasn’t very old and buying discount tiles at a warehouse clearance for $15 a square meter. We added a beautiful decorator tile that cost more but set the whole thing off. Re varnishing the vanity, adding new chrome knobs and adding an IKEA round mirror, added the finishing touches to the room.

Bathroom B had the same floor problem and an ‘inbuilt’ old moulded plastic shower cubicle which was just such an eyesore- and a dirt trap to boot! We ripped it all out but kept the vanity which was still ok? A bit old fashioned but ok.

However, once we had re tiled the floor in Latte 300 x 300 tiles and crisp white walls everywhere- we made the split decision to get a new free standing vanity from a Bathroom discount store, to replace the old one. With a white stone top, a top mounted vessel basin with chrome mixer tap and groovy timber colour facia on the new vanity- we knew we had done the right thing- you just can’t do things by halves sometimes can you? The owners agreed- it would be a shame not to go the whole way. Now extremely happy with two clean, tidy and crisp white tiled bathrooms and a new deep bath tub, a proper tiled shower in bathroom B and flash new vanity- all is well in Mount Hawthorn again.

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