Improving the layout was the first priority. To gain more space for the open-plan living area, the existing balcony was integrated into the interior. And the wall between the living room and one of the three bedrooms was removed to create space for a media area at one side.
"The window joinery is all new, with floor-to-ceiling glazing in the living area to maximise the view," says the designer. "We also introduced double glazing to reduce noise from a freeway that runs alongside the beach."
Kwek says it was essential to open up the entry, which was a rather tight space. A new angled wall of concealed cabinetry, in slatted walnut veneer, provides a dramatic entry and a place to display art. The wall accommodates plenty of hidden storage and screens a new bar.
A new teak ceiling defines the living spaces prefinished floorboards were chosen for their distinctive graining and large scale, notably their width and length. The boards are separated by black conduits that accommodate the lighting, which helps to keep the look modern.
"The use of natural materials was a common theme in the artworks, so we have continued this with the interior palette, introducing a range of different natural- and dark-stained teak and walnut veneers," the designer says.
A custom shelving unit in the living area features a mix of the light and dark teak, with metal side panels. Natural teak also wraps two of the large structural columns. The veneer is installed on an angle on the column nearest to the bar, which keeps the look lively.