An extensive residential modification & refurbishment for a small footprint Edwardian house that has prolonged the use for a growing family. The principles of the design follow light and shade, shrinking and stretching space with the use of a monochromatic pallet.
Following compact bedrooms the 12m2 that follows includes a challenging brief of 2 bathrooms inc separate bath & shower, laundry, outdoor shed ensuite access and a pantry for the kitchen.
The rear kitchen, living space for cooking, eating and sharing is designed to maximise space and comfort. Each cupboard and drawer has been considered for optimum size accordingly to purpose.The transformation of this space is in the consideration of architectural alterations to improve access to light and frame views. New steel framed awning highlight windows and double sliding doors open the space to north light and garden views. Views to neighbours have been blocked off via the highlight windows. The doors visually extend the room into the garden, the indoors share the outdoor aspects and create a strong visual focus for the room.
There was a desire to conceal as much visual clutter as possible while still functioning efficiently as a kitchen, a pleasant dining space and a relaxing living area. The kitchen geometry was carefully composed around the windows and doors. The joinery punches into the space to house the appliances and provide set down areas. Hot desk, appliance niche, concealed fridge & dishwasher are all set behind joinery.
The materials selected reflected the existing stained timber floor and the white walls. The stained oak island extrudes out of the floor, 2 Pac joinery & powder coated splashback intend to seamlessly work with walls so to the white Vola tap and Flos 265.
Builder RK Constructions
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Meme is an Interior Design & Architecture Practice based in South Melbourne, Victoria.