Queensland Homes magazine speaks with Lloyd Hodgkinson, Owner and Principal Designer for Oliver Mark Interiors, about a stunning renovation of a mid-century family home in the Brisbane suburb of Alderley that has created a brilliant new living and entertaining space for its owners.
Lloyd was tasked with infusing a modern feel while being sympathetic to the original style of the house originally built in the 1950s. While the street view is still very much in keeping with its original style, the home now includes a significant extension which suits the family’s love for entertaining and relaxed family living. The sizable addition at the back of the home makes room for a new kitchen, dining room, lounge area, powder room, outdoor terrace and swimming pool. The existing home’s bathrooms were also completely renovated and an additional ensuite and walk-in-wardrobe added to the master bedroom.
“The entire project was focused around elements that would be sympathetic to the original home”, explains Lloyd. “Travertine-look floor tiles laid in a French Pattern throughout the extension, helped achieve a continuity between old and new while in the kitchen, traditional cabinet fronts and aged bronze hardware is a homage to the original core aesthetic of the home.
“MY CLIENTS LOVE ENTERTAINING WITH LARGE NUMBERS OF GUESTS, SO THE HOUSE NEEDED TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THIS”
The clever open plan extension was a welcomed addition to the design allowing the clients to welcome large numbers of guests into their home. Expansive sliding doors meet at right angles, and when stacked back on each other, connect and integrate the interior space with the exterior entertainment area and swimming pool.
A neutral colour scheme throughout the extension is accentuated by accent pieces supplied by Oliver Mark Interiors, including a visually-stunning Ikat arm-chair and ottoman upholstered in hot pink, lime and charcoal. Large areas of wall space throughout the new addition provide the perfect space to feature textured grass weave wallpaper and bright chevron design prints.
The scope of the project saw Lloyd entrusted to oversee the selection of every finish and fitting, window treatments, art and accessories, right through to the design of all rooms including the kitchen and bathrooms and all cabinetry, with full working drawings supplied directly to the builder or cabinet maker.
“FORTUNATELY MY CLIENTS LOVED EVERYTHING I PRESENTED AND WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS VERY MUCH MY ORIGINAL CONCEPT”
The full renovation took ten months to complete and the family are delighted with their new living and entertaining space. Lloyd’s advice for those planning a renovation? “Plan ahead! There are always changes along the way so try to be flexible but do not lose sight of your original concept. If you can select every conceivable thing before the building process, it becomes much more stress-free!”