Elegant divide

Custom iron and glass walls bring light and visual connection – just one refined touch in a renovation and extension creating new living/dining/kitchen at rear of home

Designed by Jennie Dunlop, Dunlop Design

From the interior designer


Twenty years ago I was invited to redesign an Edwardian 1912 home in order to upgrade the 1980s interior by replacing the various add ons with a new 8m X 10m extension.

In 2021 I was asked once again to totally upgrade the ground level to suit my homeowners who are now empty nesters with grandchildren.

The brief

I was given fairly free rein to create a home which was more contemporary with cleaner lines while also maintaining the integrity of the classic architectural style of the Edwardian elements of the home which had been retained previously.

Given the generously proportioned rooms with a high stud, beautiful restored original timber joinery and panelling on the staircase it wasn’t difficult reimagining the space.

The build

The largest part of the demolition process was the uplifting of glossy heated marble tiles throughout the ground level and replacing with beautiful custom manufactured wide board oak flooring, including underfloor ducted heating.  

The large skylight over the kitchen was removed to enable the island to have three beautiful Falling Leaf pendants above including – plus, new lighting was introduced in all spaces.

The existing Burr Elm kitchen cabinetry including black granite benchtops was replaced with sleek Black Oak cabinetry incorporating 12mm soft grey ceramic benchtops in a satin finish. 

Although a scullery was an option, my homeowners decided they didn’t require one in their city home.

Design solutions

The rear part of the home incorporated a large open plan kitchen and living space, with casual dining.

The under utilised formal dining room has been transformed into a light modern dining space well able to accommodate family gatherings. 

The family seating area is doubled in size with two new 2.7m long sofas and two armchairs.

Repositioning the TV from the corner of the room to the only large blank wall which is off centre of the space made for some creative thinking in order for the seating area to look  balanced from all angles in the room.

I overcame this by increasing the length of the media unit to 3m, thereby allowing the TV to be above the left hand end rather than the centre.

Credit list

Interior designer
Kitchen designer
Jennie Dunlop, Dunlop Design
Glazed panelled walls
By Steel Window and Doors
Custom solid oak, wide board, by Artiflex Flooring
Black Cowhide, from Nick Scali
Walls – Resene Double Alabaster; doors – Resene Chimney Sweep
Entry – Pear Chandelier, from ECC; dining room – Pineapple Pendant, from ECC; kitchen – Lattice LED Troughs, from Lightplan; island – Tobias Grau Falling Leaf Pendants; kitchen cabinetry LED strips lights
Dining table/chairs
Existing – repositioned from casual dining
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Homes – Winner
QDC Works
Window/door joinery
Wooden window joinery and aluminium bifold doors
Interior louvres
Santa Fe
Stair carpet
Belgotex Hilton Jette
Powder room wall coverings
Anthology Seri, from Malcolm Fabrics
General heating
Existing under floor gas central heating – vents repositioned
Living area furniture
Family room – Nick Scali leather sofas; David Shaw Richmond chairs; James Salmon Melic side table; media unit designed by Jennie Dunlop and manufactured by Ultimate Living
Steel and glass walls with individual toughened glazed panels designed by Jennie Dunlop and manufactured by Steel Windows and Doors

Designed by: Jennie Dunlop, Dunlop Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Jamie Cobel

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