Coogee, Sydney: Art Deco apartment renovation.

A familiar sight in Sydney are rectangular dark red apartment blocks built in the early to middle 20th century. The blocks were constituted of four or six “flats” arranged two per floor and accessed by stairs through a front or side ground entranceway. .My clients, Jane and Chris, were lucky to have one of these flats. Theirs was at the top and to the rear facing east with middle distant views of the ocean.

Wishing to renovate the area around the front door and adjacent bathroom, they discussed with me their ideas to improve storage for linen and general items and their wish for a solid timber vanity cabinet with separate mirrored top cabinet to fit between an exterior wall and yet to be built internal wall.

All items were custom made in sustainable plantation Australian hoop pine. The 2 section storage cabinet alongside and above the inner entrance doorway was painted after installation by the client to blend into the space and walls. The vanity cabinet was finished in clear lacquer at the work shop. The real timber effect creates a warm natural feature amongst the surrounding painted surfaces.

The client chose the “sea shell” knobs for the bathroom suite. They correspond with the red colour on the Art Deco wall ornaments. And also with the chrome bathroom fittings such as the taps and the window fastener. This provides that extra detail and personal touch that makes a really, truly satisfyingly result.