Hi Guys. You may remember a few weeks back I wrote about a new project that I had started and was featuring a monthly update here on how the design process was going, covering step by step what the process involves and the issues that we encounter. If you missed that first post you can read it here. Last time the focus was very much around space planning. Now that we are settled on which walls we are removing, and where we’re adding walls and openings we can start planning the layout for each room.
My main focus needs to be around bathrooms and kitchen as this is where most of the changes will happen. With removing walls and making 1 bathroom into 2, and opening up the kitchen and dining space the last 4 weeks have really been focussed on bathroom layouts and designs and also kitchen floor plan and design. We have some challenges like nib walls that may need to stay for structural reasons but in the main we’ve been lucky.
For the main bathroom I’ve had to keep the toilet where it currently sits for plumbing purposes, then I’ve placed everything around this. So it makes sense to place the vanity by the toilet as we have a window on that back wall, and then the shower to the right of the door as you walk in. This means that most of the plumbing can sit in the new wall between both bathrooms.
For the Ensuite because we have all of the plumbing in that new left hand wall I’ve placed everything but the shower mixer in that wall. This makes is more cost effective but also it’s a nice layout to what is a smaller bathroom.
We haven’t finalised fixtures and tiles as yet, but we definitely have options that are being discussed so I will share this next time. I can say that we are using a black and white colour palette throughout which works well with the Art Deco style of the building.
For the kitchen whilst I really wanted to gain and island bench this isn’t going to work as the space is too narrow. So we’ve placed a peninsula on one wall creating a great prep space and breakfast bar. All of our floor to ceiling cabinetry and the fridge sit to the left of this, leaving the rest of the space to feel open with few wall mounted cabinets as the storage is taken care of in and around the fridge/freezer. The L-shape cabinetry on the opposite wall houses the oven and cooktop, sink and dishwasher and we’re also going to work in undercounter washer and dryer (as there is nowhere else in the apartment to place this).
Again the colour palette here will be black and white with black stone benchtops, white subway tiles with dark grout to show off the brick pattern, white cabinetry and black door hardware, much like this project I completed in Lane Cove.
We’ve also planned new robes, a new linen cupboard and we’re starting to think about flooring, more on that next time. Stay tuned for more updates next month!