The challenge with this small, tired and dated two bedroom apartment was to create a modern, light-filled home reflecting its' beach environment, maximising all available space for a young couple with a love for the beach and country.
The apartment was completely gutted, creating a blank canvas for a fresh start. Natural materials, tones and textures were to be the palette for design.
Upon entry, a natural stone feature wall greats the visitor and sets the mood for evening dining when subtly lit by tea lights on tiny glass shelves. American Oak timber flooring runs underneath the walls into shadow lines throughout the kitchen, living and hallway areas; just one of the intelligent design techniques used to open up the apartment.
The illusion of space is created in the kitchen and servery with the use of matte white cabinetry and a mosaic splashback. A deep black double sink with matte black tapware provides a clean modern contrast while whitewash shelves, custom recycled timber stools and a timber-framed artwork introduce an element of warmth.
The once cramped bathroom is completely transformed into a linear style wet room featuring a walk-in shower with a flush mounted rainwater head, floor to ceiling shower screen, in-wall toilet cistern and matte white tiling. The floating timber vanity, concealed shaving cabinet, and limestone feature wall complete this now spacious bathroom. The automatic LED strip lighting is a soft welcome for nighttime visits and showcases the understated style of this bathroom.
A study with built-in cabinetry has been created in the original laundry space and conceals the washing machine and dryer. In the bedrooms, custom built-in, handle-less wardrobes and floating shelves negate the need for excess furniture. Neutral carpets and washed linen furnishings complete the natural minimalistic look.
Intelligent design maximises space and makes this unit feel much larger than it is, while custom made furniture, lighting and bespoke details make it something truly unique.