Character & connections

A dark and narrow kitchen and dining room and separate living room are transformed as part of this zoned and light-filled renovation

Renovation by Dalecki Design

From the designers:

This alteration and addition to a character home in a leafy, inner suburb of Perth has established a meaningful connection with external living spaces while drawing light and air into the new, open plan living area.

Frustrated by the out-dated planning of the original house, including a dark and narrow kitchen and dining room and a separate living room, the owners wanted to modernise their home, creating contemporary spaces and introducing natural light and ventilation.

The design focussed on correcting the constrained and impractical planning by establishing the front portion of the house as a private zone, creating a new entertaining and living zone at the rear, and introducing a multi-purpose activity room and two external living spaces at the centre of the house – an intermediary area and vehicle for light entry and engagement across the site.

Employing a restrained approach to detailing, materiality and form while elegantly referencing the character of the original home satisfied planning requirements and elicited a sophisticated response to the owners’ brief. 

The resulting refined and light-filled design speaks to Dalecki Design’s dedication to combining the character of loved homes with the joy and enriched experience of personalised, contemporary spaces.

Credit list

Design studio
Reed Engineers
External – Jetmaster Firebox; interior – Lopi Clean Face Gas Fireplace, both from WA Fireplaces
Auburn Woodturning (wooden handles for doors and cabinets)
Kitchen tap
Brodware Manhattan pull out kitchen mixer
Radiant Lighting
Atlite Skylights
Curtain track
Vanda, recessed
Arrival hall furniture
Ottoman and occasional chair – Jardan Furniture
External cushions
Mandi at Home
Integrated Constructions
Energy assessment
Northern Aspect Energy Consultants
Kitchen splashback tiles
Newport, matt, mini subway tile in White, by Tilecloud
Haymes Sage Green – 2pac; Vivid White – 2pac; timber – Tasmanian Oak
Cabinetry manufacture
Powell Interiors
Brodware City Plus
Ensuite tiles
Silverbeach, encaustic look, White and Charcoal – by Tilecloud
Curtains and blinds
James Dunlop Laconia Aircloud
Matt Biocich
Lounge area art piece
Joanne Clark
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Highly Commended

Designed by: Dalecki Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Dion Robeson

10 Sep, 2023

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