Apartment Renovation – Rose Bay Part 1 – Space planning phase

Aug 14, 2017 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

Hi Guys! So I’m going to take you through a design and renovation process with regular posts here to show you how a design process can work. I’ll post regular updates on where we are at, what we are choosing to use and why and regular pictures of the apartment, selections, and designs. I’ll update once a month, or at key milestones up until November when the designs will be completed ready for the renovation to start in the new year. If you have any questions along the way just email me, I’m happy to help!

So here’s the first installment. I kicked off today with a measure up of the key areas (bathrooms and kitchen/dining) and a meeting with the builder, plumber and engineer onsite. We are planning to remove some walls to accommodate a 2nd bathroom and also to open up the kitchen/dining space, see below rough plan. Hence the need for an Engineers opinion to ensure we aren’t adding lots of cost with structural changes. The plumber came along as we have an apartment below us getting the services into the new bathroom is going to be tricky, floor wastes for the toilet and also drainage is the hardest part.
What makes this renovation more complex are the traditional features as this is an Art Deco building. We want to ensure we keep things like cornicing and original internal doors and features as much as possible. This property will be rented once renovated so choosing robust hard wearing finishes is at the forefront of everything we will do. Plus we want the spaces to appeal to different types of renters which is why the 2nd bathroom is so important.

Here are some images of the apartment as it stands, how cool is that original bathroom? My plan will be to keep the designs more traditional in nature with a contemporary edge. We want to appeal to a wide market for rent, but also be sympathetic to the building.

Separate toilet that will be part of new main bathroom

Current shower/bathroom that will be split in half to assist with introducing an Ensuite

Current back wall of kitchen

Wall in kitchen to be removed to open up into dining room

Look out next month for my next instalment and I’ll share with you what we are planning in terms of bathroom layouts, tile designs and fixtures.

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