Our client owned a lovely character home in Sydney’s East. The home was an older style, however the client was restoring the house and adding modern finishes and custom cabinets. There was also some building work to be undertaken to improve the floor plan to accommodate the family of fours’ requirements. Impala was initially commissioned to design and build the kitchen, entertainment unit and study area and then subsequently wardrobes.In the kitchen space, the client requested a neutral back drop and natural brown tones, working with the natural stone used on the floor. Impala recommended white polyurethane doors for the tall cabinets and timber veneer panels for the island unit, with a modern stone top. The kitchen faces a lovely view so the orientation of the cooktop and the sink were important. The bench appliances were placed so the chef can enjoy the outlook whilst cooking or washing up. Above the cooktop in the island is a contemporary rangehood, designed to appear like a sleek light fitting. The wall oven, steam oven and microwave are all built in at an ergonomic height behind the island. To the left of these appliances is a pantry which has a door activated light. Constructed in polyurethane, timber veneer and with a stone bench top, the kitchen finishes have practicality as well as meeting the client’s style brief.
Continuing the kitchen colour theme, the client requested chocolate browns and neutrals to be used in a balanced manner in the study area. Impala designed a simple, yet practical work area. The doors were made in lamiwood and the benchtop in laminate. A mirror version of this desk was made for the other side of the room.
Upstairs the client constructed a gyprock wall and placed the bed in front. Behind Impala constructed a walk in robe which could be accessed from both sides. Tall sliding timber veneer panels hide the items stored. Impala also made the timber veneer wall panels behind the bed and the adjoining bedside tables. In keeping with the neutral and chocolate colour scheme, Impala constructed tall white polyurethane cabinets to the right and left of the bed.
The image shows the walk in robe behind the bed when the tall panels are moved to access clothing.
The image shows the interior of one of the wardrobes to the right of the bed. Hanging space and drawers under make a practical storage solution.
Impala designed and built all the joinery in the bathrooms. The client brief was for storage to conceal items and allowing ease of cleaning and neutral colours with brown hues. To this end, Impala designed custom shaving cabinets and floating vanity units, minimising awkward spaces to clean and maximising storage. The vanities are detailed in polyurethane and timber veneer. Each bathroom vanity was made to suit the occupants’ personal items. One bathroom catered for two boys, another guests and the ensuite two adults. Natural stone tops were used in the bathrooms to add warmth and interest to the finishes.
The client requested Impala to design a contemporary entertainment unit to store DVD’s and equipment. It was to be sleek, minimum fuss and practical. Six large drawers were used to store DVD’s and media equipment. A wall unit to the left of the TV provides further storage for books and larger items. Impala mounted the TV on a gloss timber veneer panel to add interest to the space. Throughout the house a combination of chocolate and white hues were used in the decor and cabinets to great effect. The resulting ambience is neutral, crisp and contemporary yet inviting.