A need to move from Hillcrest to Durban presented the owners with the opportunity to update a family flat. Instead of completely overhauling the space they gave it a vintage-inspired update. Aside from the melamine kitchen ‘that just had to go’, the only other structural changes they made were to remove louvre doors separating the dining room and lounge, and to chase all the wiring into the walls. Using colour, as they did in the bathroom and kitchen, is a clever and uncomplicated way to add interest to a simple space. Previously a large geyser dominated the bathroom but a new slimline version that could be tucked away elsewhere allowed the couple to add a shower above the bath – a practical addition that lent the room a sense of space. The couple were able to make the galley kitchen feel less cramped by selecting a light wood for the open cupboards and choosing a small retro-style fridge that didn’t feel too bulky.
WHAT THEY DID
1. The old melamine kitchen was ripped out and replaced with open wooden shelving, making the galley space feel larger than it is.
2. Concertina louvre doors separating the lounge and dining areas were removed, allowing light into the lounge.
This article was originally featured in the July 2013 issue of House and Leisure.