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  • Mooraabbin, Melbourne kitchen renovation by MJ Harris Group

Monochrome Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry Renovation

You know when you’re renovating a Construction Manager’s house that they are going to be a stickler for details and getting a premium finish. Steve and his beautiful family were no exception.

Renovating their home in Moorabbin, the first thing Steve and Hannah wanted to get rid of were the floor tiles: red and white throughout the house! Steve climbed underneath the house first to investigate the existing floorboards hoping they would be in full lengths and in condition and hit the jackpot! This would add warmth and start off the colour palette.

As for the rest of the colours, Steve describes himself as “not a colour man,” but wanted it to feel clean and bright but also wanted to incorporate black to complement their furniture, picture frames “and my soul,” Steve said.

And this would be the brief for the M.J. Harris Group interior design team. The age of the house persuaded the designers to incorporate some mid-century design elements, such as mosaic tiles in a geometric pattern as well as a walnut and brass feature bathroom handles, really tying the space together. Bold colours like black, white and grey reflect the luxurious character of the period but also give a contemporary feel.

The original bathroom concept included fishscale tiles but after Steve spotted the ‘Shields’ at National Tiles he knew they were the one, “I’m not much of a fisherman, more of a night in shining armour,” he said.

In terms of floorplan changes and layout, this was something that Steve and Hannah had a fair idea about what they wanted to change: access to the shower/bathrooms previously had five doors to maneuver around, which we were able to reduce to just three access doors, which still allowed for a separate WC.

After moving into their new renovation, they have found that the maintenance of their home is so much easier, whilst being more beautiful and practical “we barely clean now and it looks immaculate!” Steve reckons.

#noregrets fixtures upgrades

“We got a bit excited and upgraded to an induction cooker,” Steve said with absolutely no regrets as it stays clean, looks sleek. Whilst researching his appliances he found that he could pair the Westinghouse cooktop with the ‘Hob2Hood’ rangehood, which seamlessly integrates with your induction cooktop to clear your kitchen of cooking smells and steam. As you start cooking, the rangehood will automatically turn on then intuitively adjust the fan speed and airflow to match your cooking. “if you do the maths, it’s going to save you hundreds of button pushes over your lifetime.”

 

Materials

Feature Mosaic Bathroom Tiles—National Tiles Basalt Shield Mosaic
Vanity—Custom Vanity in Laminex Black, natural finish with Kethy handles
Benchtops—Ultra White – Quantum Quartz
Basin—Bellevue Circle Basin
Tapware—Mizu range from Reece Bathrooms
Kitchen Splashback—Tilecloud Pennyround White Matt