Our extension took soo long to design and get approved but we’re sure the thought put in was worth it. Here’s the Concept Board for the Lounge and Living - a open airy space looking onto a hedged garden and alfresco patio. After living in cooped up rooms crowded with yellowing, highly lacquered timber, heavy gloss granite stone benches and beige furniture I craved white, light timbers with a matte finish, elegant minimal cabinetry and a sculptural light as a finishing touch!
To achieve the desired effects, I’m using a large format tile from Myaree Ceramics and Polytec Natural Oak Ravine, along with Silestone Desert Silver for my kitchen. Our drinks cabinet (we have waited so long for this!) will be a soft grey with a mirrored back splash and modern brass handles. Although we are continuing to use Tasmanian Oak we are pulling the existing up and the new boards will have a matte, unyellowed finish!
I drew the kitchen up in Sketchup and then applied the finishes in an arty way to get all excited - the planning process takes so long and seems to never end
Having a good flow is so important when designing open plan living spaces. Here we’ve placed the lounge area centraly so as to maintain visual connection with others sitting in the alfresco lounge - we noticed this was really important when entertaining. The bar cabinet is not quite finished in this sketch.
The alfresco took some work with the engineer as we had to figure in the roof slope and how it would join to the existing house. I’m still trying different hedging options to give us a private and wind free space to entertain. It may be some time before we get the high hedge pictured in this Sketchup model!