How an outdated kitchen and bathroom with no flow became a modern open-plan layout with more space

  • OWNERS: A busy family with four growing boys
  • THE PROBLEM: An outdated kitchen and bathroom with no flow between spaces
  • DESIGN SOLUTION: Installing a streamlined ceiling, enlarging the kitchen and replacing the shower bath with a spacious show and stylish vanity
  • DESIGNER: Galit Eskinazi-Erny from Renovation A via Hipages,

GIVEN this is home to a family with four boys ranging in age from two to 17 years, it’s no surprise the main reason for the renovation of this St Ives property was to create more space.

“The initial brief was for a larger kitchen, new bathroom and several changes to the living and dining areas,” explains designer Galit Eskinazi-Erny from Renovation A.

“With four boys the space had to be functional but the owners were also after an open-plan space with a natural flow from the front of the home to the rear.”

An original 1950s property, the home’s previous owners had attempted a couple of small extensions resulting in four separate ceiling heights throughout — something the owners were keen to see the back of.

“They wanted a seamless look through the whole home including a new open-plan living space,” Galit explains.

With no prior renovating experience, the family turned to the Hipages website — an online directory of tradespeople specialising in home improvement — where they received a number of quotes for their renovation.

Galit’s stood out thanks to her modern take on the open-plan layout.

“I’m a big fan of open-plan spaces but not completely,” she explains. “I love leaving some sort of delineation from the front door looking back through the home so that it doesn’t reveal everything at once.”

Leah Peretz and Galit Eskinazi-Erny from Renovation A. Picture: T
BEFORE: The old bathroom with shower over the bath and pedestal handbasin.
AFTER: The seamless shower is a practical addition to the new bathroom and a higher window lets in light while maintaining privacy.
AFTER: Style was still a priority so a custom vanity was ordered and an eye-catching rose-gold mirror completed the space.


Central to the renovation of this home was a new family bathroom.

“Size wise, the bathroom area was somewhat challenging,” Galit says.

“We discussed at length the options available in relation to a bath versus a larger shower area within the existing space.”

In the end, the larger shower won out — a more practical choice for four boys. However style was still a priority so a custom vanity was ordered and an eye-catching rose-gold mirror selected to complete the space.

“My favourite part of the bathroom is probably the way in which the agreed design has resulted in a lighter, brighter and larger appearance when compared to the original bathroom,” Galit says.

“The clients love that it was a simple fix to remove the torso-height window and replace it with a higher, larger scale window, which both the clients and the family next door have remarked favourably on.

“An unexpected bonus is the beautiful and colourful natural light that now floods the bathroom in the late afternoon.”

Encaustic floor tiles have been teamed with white wall tiles running up to the ceiling to increase a sense of airiness.

BEFORE: The kitchen
AFTER: The galley-style kitchen opens onto a stylish dining nook.
AFTER: The cupboards above and drawers below mean there is no shortage of storage in this kitchen.
A brick face tile is now the backdrop to most of the galley-style space.


A statement brick wall forms the centrepiece of the renovated kitchen but on closer inspection, not all is at it seems.

“The family originally expressed an interest in stripping back to the original brickwork, however it was identified early on that the 1950s red brick was very coarse and it wouldn’t suit the interior furnishings or country homestead-style kitchen,” Galit says.

The alternative was a brick face tile which is now the backdrop to most of the galley-style space.

An ensuite was demolished to increase the size of the kitchen while a streamlined ceiling gives a greater sense of height.

“It is a large family living in a large home and the new kitchen is very suited size­-wise to the surroundings,” Galit says. “There were 29 individual cabinet pieces with almost seven metres of stone bench to incorporate, so the size of the kitchen is great.”

Since their revamp, the St Ives family has also renovated the family pool asking Galit to design an L-shaped hardwood deck.

And it seems, given their new-look home, they may have caught the renovating bug.

“Their next project will likely include a ‘smallish’ second level that adds a kingsize parent loft, walk through robes and bathroom with a stone freestanding bath,” says Galit.


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