Any house that has been around for more than 60 years is going to have its fair share of awkward corners and unnecessary detailing. This house was no exception, which is why the owners undertook an extensive renovation to strip away the clutter and streamline the interior.
Architect Andrew Piva of BE Architecture says the house had been altered in the 1980s, and already had an open-plan kitchen and family living area. However, the layout was convoluted and disjointed. There was little integration with the outdoor living area, and no continuous sight lines through the house.
"While still working with the bones of the house, we set out to improve all these elements," Piva says. "It was also essential to provide a highly functional, professional kitchen that would reflect the owners' love of cooking and entertaining."
The solution was to retain an L-shaped layout, but to streamline the cabinetry and work surfaces to provide a more contemporary, yet warm look.
"We started with a clean shell and a simple, neutral base palette, and added layers of joinery," Piva says. "Creating a sense of solidity and permanence was crucial the long peninsula, for example, was designed to look like a solid mass."