Rural View Renovation: Stage 1 – Bathrooms, Bedrooms + Media Room

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Project Summary

  • Completed: December 2017

  • Location: Rural View, Mackay

  • Project type: Residential Renovation (Maxine’s own home)

Service + Areas Completed

  • Design + Project Management

  • Bathroom design x 3

  • Master bedroom design
  • Home office/guest room design

About the project

Maxine and her fiance, Grant, bought a “renovator’s delight” mid-2017. It was basically an unoccupied home on two and a half acres in Rural View, Mackay. Bought at auction, and the first home for either of them, they set themselves the ambitious task of renovating a snake-infested, 70’s home, to create a home one day fit for a young family.

Approaching the renovation in two stages, Maxine was responsible for not only designing the layout and choosing finishes, but also project management. Rather than using a building company, Maxine preferred to hire individual trades to keep costs down. It also allowed her to have more control over the smaller elements which otherwise may have gone unnoticed.

With stage one complete, it means Maxine and Grant now have finished the:

  • Master bedroom including ensuite
  • 3 additional bedrooms (one being used as a home office)
  • Media room
  • Main bathroom
  • Powder room

During this initial stage, the exterior had a complete repaint (including roof spraying), a concrete slab was poured by the pool, ready for paving, and a patio was installed. An additional water tank was also installed.

A feel to suit surrounds

This is a unique property, boasting a large home, additional dwelling and shed space, 2 1/2 acres of land, pool and even horse stables! With such a country setting, Maxine wanted to reflect the position within the home.

Therefore, the overall look for the home is “Modern Country”, with a luxe touch.

In the bathrooms, Maxine has kept the colour palette quite bright, adding touches of colour and reclaimed timber pieces to warm the spaces.

She is especially proud of the reclaimed timber vanities which not only helped keep cost down but adds a unique element to quite a harsh space. These sideboards were sourced from local Buy/Swap/Sell groups and were easily converted to fit basins and plumbing.

For the bedrooms and media room, a dark, lush carpet creates a feeling of coziness and induces relaxation. Luxaflex blinds were also installed to add to the intimate feel.

With windows in every room of the home looking over the beautiful green setting, the house is starting to become a dream home for Maxine & Grant.

A home designed for big things

Maxine’s goal for the home is that it will one day be fit to suit a young and growing family. With this in mind, she considered a number of tiny details, including:

  • Location of bedrooms and keeping the guest room away from the family rooms which are close together
  • Adding additional walls and doors to a media room. There will be an additional living area, however, she wanted to be able to close off a TV area to minimise noise disruption throughout the home
  • Positioning the door handles slightly higher to discourage young children getting in where they shouldn’t
  • Ensuring a nice bath is included in the main bathroom design with a pivoting shower screen to allow easy access to bathe young children.
  • Soft carpet in all bedrooms to reduce noise
  • Positioning a built-in wardrobe between the master bedroom and potential nursey (to prevent noise disturbance between rooms
  • Installing cord-free Luxaflex blinds for safety

Whilst there is still much more to be done including a kitchen, additional living area, entry and the outdoor areas, Maxine and Grant are very pleased with the progress and results so far.