It’s an all too familiar scenario. A couple buys an older home in need of updating with the intention of renovating it into their dream family home, only to put it on the backburner. Such was the case Michael and Leanne and the renovation of their Bardon home, which took five years to come to fruition.
While the house had potential, it needed a serious redesign to tackle the rabbit warren of rooms and a layout that failed to function for modern living.
“We had met the owners in 2013 to do some little jobs here and there around the property and were brought back in early 2018 to take on their major renovation work,” says Christal Fysentzou, the interior and design consultant from build and design team, Zou Build. “The upstairs was originally a bit of a maze with rooms in and out everywhere and not very functional. Michael and Leanne’s plan was to open the house right up to create a beautiful open plan kitchen, dining and living space and to also maximise the use of their deck and indoor/outdoor living by adding the large stacker doors.”
And open it up they have done! The home now boasts the open plan living that these clients so desired, with seamless integration between old and new.
With three bedrooms, three bathrooms and two living spaces, there’s room to move, and plenty of space to relax. Further enhancing the spatial effect is the cathedral ceiling in the new open plan living area, which was given a simple but highly effective makeover. “Previously, the ceiling was all natural pine, which only closed the space up,” says Christal. “By painting the pine boards a pure white, it has created such a beautiful, light-filled and welcoming feel to the whole house.” This lighter theme has been carried through to other areas of the home to areas that were previously dark and closed off, like in the ensuite where a new skylight above the double shower now floods the space with natural light.
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Brisbane builders Zou Build offer expertise in providing an all-encompassing service, from the construction (led by builder and director Chris Fysentzou) right through to assisting their clients in choosing the right finishes and selections for their property. They also work alongside some of the best suppliers and services in South East Queensland to customise homes to their client’s needs.
Michael and Leanne had always liked the look of the Messmate timber, with its rich swirling grains, changing tones and contrasts, and wanted to incorporate that somehow into their renovation. Zou Build used custom pieces made by local furniture manufacturer, Ambrose Furniture throughout the renovation including the ensuite vanity and mirrored cabinet, bar top, dining table, hall table and coffee table.
The renovation also delivers superb lifestyle options, with a new pool and outdoor spaces designed for easy living and entertaining.
The four piece Astrid wicker lounge which includes a twin seater, two Bari sunloungers and the Lynden 2.8m cantilever umbrella, all from Lume Outdoor Living, provide the family with stylishly comfortable lounging. Lume Outdoor Living‘s furniture is made using handwoven HDPE wicker, combined with wood look aluminium legs and comfy cushions to create a lovely example of mixed materials (there’s also pieces in teak, stone, aluminium, wicker, concrete, and glass available in their range). It’s the ideal finish to a perfectly executed renovation, years in the making and only seven months in turn around.
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Photography: Rachel Lane Pictures