“Remove the 80s,” requested the home owners of this three-story home in Australia. Waving goodbye to the building’s old look, it was up to Hobbs Jamieson Architecture to turn this home into a sharp, refined living environment that maximized the space.
“The owners are ‘no fuss’ people,” describes architect Adam Hobbs. “They were after a contemporary neatly detailed space that they didn’t have to fuss over, easy to clean, clean lines, robust materials. And all with a little power in its presentation.”
A gas stove sits center stage on the kitchen island, with a concrete-styled extractor fan and joinery in a light wood tone. Hobbs explains that the home owners “love the kitchen and how the joinery extends into the living and dining areas as one overall joinery proposition for the dwelling.” The large open plan nature of the kitchen and dining area makes it a great space for entertaining.
One of the interesting features of the house is that it involved cutting into some of the external wall to light the sandstone rock face nearby. Lighting up the rock face made it possible to make the rooms brighter, too.
What advice would you give yourself looking back at the project?
Hobbs: Always pitch new ideas to clients, consider their value, not just their aesthetic and don’t be afraid to strive for design ideas that you know will be interesting.
What was the home like before the project started?
Hobbs: All our work, except for a new deck vergola and BBQ area was internal. The original dwelling was a typical ‘80s townhouse’ lots of beige, glass blocks and laminate finishes.
On the staircase you’ll notice the handrails are now backlit, and the side boards dividing them from the room have slits to make the area less dark. A lot of the townhouse renovation focused on bringing warmth, light and brightness to the space. It was fun for the Hobbs Jamieson Architecture team to get the handrail lit up, and create a three-story stair screen that connects the whole house from top to bottom.
Removing the laminate and 80s frills, this three-story townhouse kitchen is now sleek and ‘no fuss’, just as the home owners like it. With plenty of light, storage and space for new memories.