TYPE OF HOME: 100-year old weatherboard home
PROJECT OUTLINE: Complete renovation of home interior (except bedrooms), including hallway, kitchen, lounge, dining room, bathroom, laundry and toilet.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Creating a seamless look for a home that had undergone several renovations over the years
BEST DECISION: Bringing in experienced renovation contractors, Matt and Cinzia, who provided an end-to-end service and managed all the trades including demolition teams, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, joiners, builders and flooring specialists.
PERSONAL TOUCH: Wendy wanted a splash of colour and chose an orange feature wall for the kitchen/dining area. ‘We love it,’ she says, ‘It gives the room wow factor!’
PROJECT BUDGET: $150,000
TIME TAKEN: 3 months
When homeowner Wendy contacted Cinzia Gagliardi and Matt Green of Refresh Renovations Illawarra she simply wanted some help renovating her small and impractical bathroom, laundry and toilet. She was already planning several renovation projects and had been told it was impossible to combine the three tiny rooms – until Cinzia and Matt arrived.
‘In reality, it could be done, but required structural consideration and council consent to proceed’ explains Cinzia. ‘We engaged a certifier and assessed the beams required to open up the space. Once we saw this could be done, designing a functional and beautiful space was easy.’
Wendy and her husband Gary were impressed with renovation contractors Cinzia and Matt’s ‘can do’ approach and asked them to take over renovating the rest of the house.
‘Gary and Wendy’s home is an old weatherboard property that’s had multiple renovations over the years. Each renovation added onto the previous one, without proper transitions – there were poor roof connections, poor flooring connections and poor use of space. We were originally called in to help combine the laundry and bathroom into one, but we ended up creating a completely new open flow for the home and renovated the front porch, hallway, kitchen, lounge and dining room as well as the bathroom, laundry and toilet. ‘
There was a lot to do, but Cinzia and Matt rose to the challenge and the transformation was soon well underway.
Wendy chose a modern kitchen design from Amorini Australia featuring matte Innolac cabinetry in a sophisticated palette of taupe, anthracite and black, complemented with Mirostone solid surface benchtops in Bianco Marble. The handle-free finish was achieved with the Tipmatic (push to open) system for drawers and cabinets. Wendy decided on a new black Family Hub™ French Door Refrigerator from Samsung with smart technology and adjustable temperature zones. The kitchen remodel also includes an acrylic kitchen splashback in Pepper Metallic from Reflections (QLD) that is a cost effective and exceptionally heat resistant choice -and ties the look together, according to Cinzia.
To enhance the feeling of continuity and space, the bathroom redesign features the same Amorini Australia cabinetry and benchtops as the kitchen. The bathroom remodel also incorporates Spapanel, a low maintenance, waterproof and grout-free alternative to tiles, in Antique Marble and Riven Slate. There’s a Decina shower system as well as a contemporary freestanding bath, the Hilton 1500 from the Forme Bathroom Collection, a feature Wendy had set her heart on.
Polyflor Camaro Bianco Oak deluxe vinyl flooring is soft underfoot, easy to clean and hardwearing – and is used throughout the house, including in the kitchen and bathroom. It’s a smart choice for a home, like Wendy and Gary’s, where there are dogs inside.
Transforming the property took just three months, thanks to Cinzia and Matt’s planning and project management, which meant all the trades brought in for the job were managed efficiently, minimising the number of site visits, which helped keep costs down.
‘This project truly captured how well the Refresh Renovations process works. The planning beforehand was instrumental to an easy build and Wendy and Gary were assisted at every stage – from design to product selection to selection of paint colours. They were able to sit back and watch everything unfold before their eyes,’ says Cinzia.
Looking back on the renovation, Wendy is delighted with her home’s fresh new look.
‘I love everything about the renovation! The house is so easy to clean now – I can do the whole place in 10 minutes,’ she says.
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