Designed by RAD Studio, the brief was to reconfigure the lower storey of this red brick Springfield home to create an open plan footprint and create a more light-filled kitchen.
A new living room and gallery hallway, reconfiguration of the kitchen, enlarging of the laundry and renovating the bathroom, did away with a rabbit warren of smaller rooms and created a home more suited to contemporary living and entertaining.
Extensive structural works were undertaken, including the removal of several masonry walls, to create expansive openings for large sash window suites, skylights and bifold doors that not only streamed light into the kitchen and new living space but also allowed for a new alfresco zone for entertaining adjacent to the pool.
Ceilings to the new living room were pulled down, necessitating careful removal of an asbestos ceiling to the garage and living room. Ceiling joists were cut to install skylights, and it was decided in collaboration with the owners to leave the old trusses exposed to create an even airier space. These trusses were meticulously refurbished and the ceiling was lined with timber matchboard cladding.
The colour palette, materials and details within each new space, such as the Tasmanian oak double herringbone flooring from Boral carried through the gallery hallway and the custom fluted cladding both internally and externally, were carefully chosen to create an elevated Hamptons feel and resulted in a beautiful contemporary interpretation of the traditional character elements of this home.
Jock & Kate Berry
David Sievers Photography
"We were very fortunate to be referred to Craig Linke along with his subsequent referral to Chris Rowlands from RAD Studios, to assist us with our recent home renovation project. Our brief was complex, however, Craig and Chris worked with us as a team to develop an exciting, contemporary and easy living solution. Craig also developed some well-considered timeframes and cost estimates for discussion, planning and decision making.
We were equally lucky to have Harry Wake assigned to us by Craig as site lead hand for our project. Harry didn't miss a beat throughout the project and was on-site every day. His maturity, values, communication, project management, creativity and attention to detail, as well as going the extra mile for his clients exceeded expectations. Many of our family and friends also regularly commented how well our site was maintained and left at the end of each day.
During the renovation, we often commented to each other how enjoyable and stress-free the project was, and would work again with CLBB on any future building project. Craig, Harry, Jake and the team were exceptional with their quality workmanship, organisational skills, productivity, client care and problem-solving. Their knowledge of and working relationship with their preferred external contractors assigned to our project was also impressive.
We have no hesitation in recommending Craig Linke Bespoke Building to anyone who is looking to undertake a home renovation or other building project."
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