Lifestyle

Working within on modernising property project

The renovated kitchen with its clever soft-touch doors is the room Stephen is most proud of.
The renovated kitchen with its clever soft-touch doors is the room Stephen is most proud of. Duane Heath

WITH sweeping views of the river and ocean, there was no need to improve the exceptional position that apartment-owner Stephen found with this address on the Sunshine Coast.

However, with a dated design, there was plenty that could be done to improve the space within.

Purchased as a weekender, the contemporary apartment sits on one of the higher floors in a building that dates back to the 80s.

And though he consulted with many people to trust with the job, when Stephen first met Phil Sanchez, owner of Betta Bathrooms Qld, the pair "just clicked."

Having been in the building industry since 1977, Phil is proud of the result that four months of hard work and negotiating has created.

Entirely re-piped, re-plumped and re-wired, the apartment itself was effectively gutted.

"It's probably one of the biggest jobs we've done on the Sunshine Coast apart from my own renovation projects," Phil said.

"It was back to the bare bones," Stephen recalls.

"You could even see the wall frame in the bedroom."

The first of many intelligent surprises throughout, a new mini-laundry is concealed behind invisible floor-to-ceiling soft-touch doors to the side of a new kitchen.

"Putting that new laundry in the kitchen meant I lost some of my storage," Stephen said.

"But Phil sorted that out by putting in a big pull out pantry and a roll-around storage door in the corner."

The corner cabinet in the kitchen is a new-found love of Stephen's.

As Phil explained, "it's usually so hard to get into the corner space next to the dishwasher and it often becomes a void. Cobwebs can gather, but with this revolving, pull-out system the space is made useful again. ."

A bistro-style tap system of Stephen's choice is a sophisticated touch, complementing a glass wine fridge and overhead cabinetry that features to the dining-side of the kitchen for easy access.

Soft-close drawers cannot be slammed shut. The microwave is hidden away by a soft-touch panel that slides away.

A secret soft-touch door now conceals the hot water system within the design, beside the fridge.

"It's the original system but we've hidden it away behind an invisible door, if you ever need access to it. But you would never know it's there," Phil said.

Once coming out on an angle, the kitchen bench has now been remodelled for a smoother, squarer look.

Original ceiling lights were replaced with an ingenious bulkhead system across all ceilings throughout.

These now accommodate down lights, with dimmer switches in all rooms.

They also conceal plumbing and cabling used throughout.

"The existing concrete ceilings were very limiting as to what we could do with lighting," Stephen said.

"I think it was only the second time we met Phil that he came up with the bulkhead idea which matches in with the existing concrete bulk head above all the external sliders.

"It has proved to be so invaluable, as well as cost effective when it came to running cabling through the rooms."

It's the kitchen itself that Stephen now loves most about the final product. sums up the quality throughout," he said.

"It's an example of the innovation that went into making everything fit in every room. The expertise required to re-pipe it all in order to include the new laundry, plus hide the water system and still make it all fit in the space, without compromising on storage, is phenomenal."

Consideration was given to the Coast's weather with only the best quality fixtures used in the bathrooms.
Consideration was given to the Coast's weather with only the best quality fixtures used in the bathrooms.

What was originally the sink and vanity in the main bathroom layout is now a modern bath-tub in tiled surrounds that sits square along the window with water views.

"We would have had an issue if we hadn't placed the new bath to fit square against the wall," Phil said.

"If we hadn't turned it straight, we would have had to downsize the bath in order to fit the angle."

The toilet was also removed and a vanity installed. Consideration for the climate and position of the apartment was also taken.

"It can get quite windy up here so we put magnetic door catches behind every door, while all the door furniture and hinges are stainless steel and all bathroom appliances are of the highest grade to resist the salty air," Phil said.

The original laundry has now been converted to a sleek powder room with a toilet.

"To create that we had to have access to the downstairs unit," Phil said.

"We negotiated that with the tenant and owner, since we had to open the ceiling downstairs in order to have access to install the toilet above."

An original void in the old laundry was transformed into a storage space, concealed by soft-touch doors.

The shower in the main bathroom was once on a tray but was erased for a cleaner look.

The shower recess in the master ensuite was also enlarged.

Massive rainforest showerheads were included in both showers for a gentle, waterfall effect and frameless shower screens set the mood.

Plantation louvres were added to an existing glass partition between the guest bedroom and entry for privacy.

Every room was wired and accommodated TV systems and sound, air-conditioning and dimmer switches.

New blinds were installed, some sun-block, some semi-block to still show water views and silhouettes of passing boats.

Peculiar dwarf walls were removed from all the bedrooms to add space, and new robe was added with mirrored doors and shelving in the main bedroom.

Timber stained doors with frosted glass were installed to all rooms yet giving you total privacy.

Polished stainless steel door handles and hinges were used.

Original skirting boards and old-fashioned bull-nose architraves in all rooms were removed and replaced with tiled skirtings to extend the oversized, muted-gloss tiles throughout.

Stephen sees the tiling as an example of the attention to detail that was employed throughout.

 

>> To read more lifestyle stories

Topics:  apartment decorating home interior design lifestyle property renovation



SRV on base rate would cost as little as $19 a year

Daily Examiner senior journalist Tim Howard.

Ratepayers still unsure how much they might have to pay.

Young king with plenty to learn

LEARNING CURVE: King Amadeus with strapper and part owner Shelly Moffat.

Three-year-old ready to race today

Race held in honour of all-round good bloke

The funeral of Warwick Thomas Hall at the Grafton Racecourse on Saturday, 27 May, 2017.

Memory Of Warwick Hall Class 2 Handicap jumps at 4.20pm

Local Partners

Federal grants for 18 community organisations

MEMBER for Page Kevin Hogan announces Federal grants for 18 community organisations in the Clarence Valley


NRRRL: Magpies on a mission for home fans

ON A MISSION: Captain- coach Dan Randall hopes to lead Lower Clarence Magpies to their first victory of the 2017 NRRRL season when they run out in front of their home fans against Evans Head Bombers at the Nest this Sunday.

Lower Clarence ready for another cracker at the Nest

Polocrosse hits fever pitch at Hawthorne Park

ALL SYSTEMS GO: This weekend Grafton Polocrosse Club hosts its first annual carnival at Hawthorne Park since the club re-formed.

New lease of life in the Clarence Valley for equestrian team sport

Support for Kara's treadmill marathon explodes

Former Grafton and now NSW cricketer Kara Sutherland bowling to cricket legend Sir Viv Richards. Photo: MARK NEWSHAM

Support for treadmill marathon thrills organiser Kara Sutherland.

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

WHEN it comes to shooting sex scenes, it’s no secret that every set has their own method.

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

Karl’s rant on Corby: ‘Made to look like idiots’

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Today co-host launched a tirade against Schapelle Corby media circus

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

Sally Skelton and Bojesse Pigram pictured after their battle performance on The Voice.

Sunshine Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!