Katrina Lindsay's tiny apartment was basically a dump when she bought it. It was ugly, lacked space and had very little storage. However, it did have fantastic harbour views, which was why she fell in love with it.
- The ceilings were covered in spray-on funiculate, which made the whole flat seem very low and heavy.
- The kitchen was very pokey, with brown louvre doors, no storage and an 'amazing' patchwork carpet.
- The bathroom had no storage for her cosmetics and the hot water tank sat exposed next to the toilet.
- Katrina found a builder to realise her dream. He said the job would take from six to eight weeks but unfortunately it took six months. She had problems with things being installed incorrectly and measurements not taken accurately.
The orientation of the kitchen was completely changed and made as streamline as possible. The fridge, microwave and pantry were all pushed back behind a cupboard. The pantries were made with deep shelves giving great storage. No handles were used on any cupboards. The smoothness of the coloured back glass (aqua blue) and the polyurethane kept the eye travelling along the surfaces, which helped to create the feeling of space.
The bathroom too was made more streamline. The shower had originally been twice as big as it needed to be so it was cut in two. The back-half area became storage and included the hot water tank as well as to create more shelves. A large vanity was installed on the wall for her many cosmetics. Finally, the toilet was pushed back and the wall concealed the cistern.
A false ceiling with shadow lines around the perimeter created the feeling of elevation. Katrina was very happy with the results.
A wall and a small doorway going into her bedroom were knocked down and replaced with a sliding door. This opened up the whole space. Katrina has the option to close her doors when she has guests.
Things to consider
- When choosing a builder or a joiner, pay attention to quality and try not to base your decision on quote price alone or it may end up more expensive in the end.
- Remain vigilant with your builder. When problems or concerns arise, deal with them quickly.
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