Clem Carpentry have been working on a Queenslander renovation in Corinda, Brisbane. The job was centred on the renovation of a family home, primarily because the family were seeking a general update of space, with the children having grown up. The house consisted of numerous areas of unused space. To increase functionality a study space was incorporated.
Other areas which needed attention were identified in a consultation with the owners, including the main bathroom which was quite closed off. The residents had to cross a lot of doors to gain access. One of the internal toilets was located in an awkward place, right in the middle of the house, leaving no space for a window or any type of ventilation. Clem Carpentry built a new hallway cutting through two bedrooms, which provided easy access from the living area to both the bathrooms and the rooms. (As per the plans provided by an architect).
In the new hallway, we custom built new cabinetry made from the highest quality of crown cut American Walnut veneer with vinyl inlays. (Crown cut means that the veneer is all from the same wood log – this is to achieve a seamless continuous appearance with the veneer grain pattern). We gave attention to the smallest details including incorporation of shadow lines (thin-cut metal rods which are added where the cabinetry meets the plaster). The pivot panel windows opening up towards the living room, giving the illusion of a bigger living area whilst providing a functional purpose for shutting away the office when necessary. Inside the cabinetry black feature over-head lamps were installed giving the entire ensemble a stylish appearance, tying the colour scheme together. On either side of the cabinetry, at the end of the hallway, mobile task lights were installed.
On completion of the hallway, we moved on to the teenager’s bedroom which had many ornate and original features including cornices. Since the hallway had encroached into the bedroom, we needed to reposition the cornices. The builder carefully removed the ornate cornices which were lovingly reused in the new bedroom. We also re-installed the windows for a bit of light and ventilation with feature architraves. Original house doors were found stacked under the house which were repurposed, involving sanding and coated with fresh gloss white enamel paint.
In our commitment to authenticity our builder insisted we keep the originality of the heritage Queenslander home down to a timber door knob which was restored and polished to look brand new (2 hours polishing involved)! The bedrooms were also given skirtings to add a touch of elegance.
The final stage of the Queenslander renovation involved modernizing the customer’s bathroom with an ‘Italian’ theme. The main entrance door was a veneer pivoting door. The tiles used throughout the bathroom were Italian porcelain tiles with contrasting white penny rounds. We also custom made a bench seat with a stone bench top. The shower area was divided with a sleek tall glass wall and an in-built cistern was created, to keep all the toiletries stacked. A drop down, overhead shower was installed in the shower area to add that lux feeling. The cabinetry installed over the Italian porcelain basin was custom built with veneer tieback. The led lighting and feature tubular lighting finishes the space beautifully.
The overall transformation of the house was exceptional giving the home owners a modern and usable home. Clem Carpentry are proud of the final results of this Queenslander renovation.