The renovation of this large family home on Sydney’s leafy Upper North Shore highlights how clever improvements can completely transform a property.
Front exterior renovation
The improvements made to the front facade of the home, while simple in their application, greatly enhanced the property’s street appeal.
The front exterior was re-rendered and painted in a contemporary light grey with dark, contrasting accents. The dated concrete foundations and entry stairs were hidden behind stylish timber screens that we custom-built onsite. Our electricians installed new feature lighting which not only improved safety access but look spectacular at night.
The lacklustre former entry stairs and patio were retiled in a hard-wearing, easy-clean tile that complimented the exterior colour scheme.
The front fence and garage doors were in excellent condition so they only required a fresh coat of paint.
A tidy-up of the gardens and some final landscaping and the transformation of the facade was complete.
Back exterior renovation
To maintain consistency, similar improvements were made at the rear of the property and, again, the transformation was equally as spectacular.
The exterior was re-rendered and painted in the same colour palette as the front. We retiled the large entertainer’s patio, using the same tiles as the front.
The pergola was in excellent condition and only required a new coat of paint.
The exterior lights were replaced with more contemporary fixtures which completed the upgrade.
Ensuite bathroom renovation
Whilst onsite, the owner took advantage of our bathroom renovation expertise and asked us to upgrade their ensuite.
The ensuite had been created during a house renovation completed several decades prior, borrowing space from the former laundry. Strangely, the old backdoor had remained and was located next to the shower. Obviously, this needed to be removed.
Due to extensive, long-term waterproofing problems, the ensuite’s concrete floor had been compromised and needed to be replaced. Thankfully, the owner didn’t want to retain any part of the old ensuite so we gutted it completely and started from the ground up. During the demolition of the floor, we removed an exterior garden bed to improve under-floor ventilation.
After the new concrete floor had cured, we could waterproof it correctly and supply the owners with a waterproofing certificate in accordance with Australian regulations.
The ensuite was long, yet quite slim, making clever utilisation of the space paramount.
The original floor plan was retained however we utilised wall-integrated storage and slimline PC items to increase the available floor space. Additionally, the shower head was moved to the back wall to provide more showering area.
The old backdoor and exterior step were removed and replaced with a new frosted louvre window. The remaining gap at the bottom was bricked up externally to match the exterior, and a new wall internally. A second window was added to increase natural light and improve ventilation.
We replaced the old walk-in-robe door so it matched other internal doors throughout the home.
Small bathroom space-saving improvements
- Inwall toilet suite
- Slimline vanity with a narrow 350mm depth
- Shaving cabinet integrated into the wall frame
- Integrated wall niche behind toilet to provide additional shelving
- Shower head relocated to the back wall to provide more shower area
- Dual integrated niches in the shower
Ensuite bathroom renovation particulars
- Remove all existing fixtures, fittings and tiles
- Remove and replace the existing concrete floor
- Remove exterior garden bed and step
- Apply 3 x coats of waterproofing membrane to floor and wet areas. Supply waterproofing certificate.
- Tile floor and walls.
- Install under-floor heating
- Install floor waste and strip drain.
- Prepare and connect new drainage and plumbing
- Supply and install new exhaust fan, downlights, strip lighting, powerpoints and switches.
- Create inset wall niches
- Supply and install slimline wall-mounted vanity, basin and mixer tap.
- Supply and install inwall, recessed shaving cabinet
- Supply and install rimless inwall toilet suite
- Supply and install mixer taps, twin rail waterrail showerhead, toilet roll holder, heated towel rails and hooks
- Supply and install 2 x new frosted louvre windows.
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