• Long Jetty Reno: Ep 4 - Make yourself at home

     


    Things have been moving at an absolute rapid rate.  We've worked pretty hard to get the outside of the house to lock up and now it's time to start working on the inside.

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    Things have been moving at an absolute rapid rate.  We've worked pretty hard to get the outside of the house to lock up and now that we're all sealed up it's time to start working on the inside.  This is where all the pretty stuff happens, so it's pretty exciting.

    We've done an electrical layout, lighting layout, things can start progressing.  Lighting plays such a key role in the mood of a house so it is important.  So you've got to walk through and essentially imagine yourself living in the space.

    We've got some functional down lights throughout and then we've also got some little wall lights going in here.  So if you even want to create that moody vibe, you can turn all the ceiling lights off and just have the little wall lights to guide your way, like a plane, exit lighting.  This way you've got safety exits to your left.

    When you're doing a rough in for the lights and for the powerpoints and everything like that, you want to make sure that you nail it because you cannot go changing certain things (you can a little bit), unless you have a husband who can turn himself into a rat and climb down the very narrowest part of the roof and lay across all the insulation.  Oh I'm just doing some yoga. I've had to crawl down there into that tight roof space, lay across all this insulation and try and find those wires with my head like right down in there.  We could do one of each.

    For our external walls we have used Bradford's Gold which gives it the insulation properties and the internal walls is Bradford Sound Screen.  And that is great because not only does it help with the thermal efficiency of the home, but it also helps with noise.  Not only do we have the sound screen installation but we've got this super check gyprock, which means this house is like a little Fort Knox.  Basically you're not going to hear.  Every room is gonna be like a little screamer room and you are not going to hear anything.  Oh it's just it's great for families because that noise might be bouncing around like crazy.  But if you do want to make a little buck on the side you could rent each room out to like a screamo band and you could have all these screamo bands and you're not gonna hear anything.

    Another good property about the gyprock is it's high impact rated which means all the Screamos when they get all crazy and start not bashing the place to bits, they're not gonna ding the walls.  So what we've done to enhance that traditional look in those front two bedrooms and bring it up to speed a little bit is use the Easyascot from Easycraft which just basically sticks straight onto the plasterboard.  It's a 900 panel and really it is such a great DIY project and I'm telling you, you guys can do it yourself.  Because people say 'well you guys renovate all the time, you know how to do it all', but this is such an easy process.

    Basically our hero color for this renovation is Taubmans Cotten Sheets and that will feature in most bedrooms.  It's a really crisp white that's got a little bit of softness to it.  These rooms have the original timber floorboards and they are gorgeous, but the problem is they are the only two rooms that feature this.  So we're really weighing up - do we do we make sure we tie it into the other spaces with the carpet or do we do something completely different.  I do love carpet in a bedroom, particularly this gorgeous wool carpet, so that's the way we've gone.

    We're starting to see these spaces that you know we've spent so long designing and thinking about, it's good to see those start to come to life.  For bedroom one, feature color, we have chosen Taubmans Snow Olive. I love olive at the moment so this color Snow Olive is great.  There was a large window at the front of the first bedroom which we obviously wanted to keep, but the framework needed replacing.  So that's where we've decided to use that beautiful casement window.  A big charm of this house was that I've had that traditional sort of look and we wanted to be true to that in those front bedrooms.  Those high ceilings and the ornate cornice so we played on that and we've been inspired by the original feel of the house.

    For bedroom 2 wall paneling we've chosen Taubmans Sisal Rope and again it's a nice natural earthy colour.  When you walk in you feel relaxed and grounded.  From the paneling up to the cornice we've got the picker wall wallpaper which has got these beautiful Palm tree patterns.  This is great because it's a do-it-yourself wallpaper.

    We've got this beautiful bed from a local furniture designer and it's really, you know, you're walking in you almost feel like, you know, you could be ten again.

    The outer is the perfect balance of a modern and a traditional corner.  I think it helps to tie the front bedrooms in with the rear of the house really nicely.  When we were renovating Toowoon Bay I was always on the hunt for some really cool surf posters that were nice and simple but had that coastal vibe that we're after and I couldn't find anything.  We've designed our own with a local artist and we're really happy with these prints. We love them and particularly in the kids bedrooms these ones are fun.  This room and that room are done and dusted and we are calling it a day.  

    With bedrooms one and two done and dusted, we've started that snowball effect on the inside of the house.  We're working on all this beautiful fit out so the media room, the third bedroom, and those living spaces are coming to life.

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    About the author

    • Kyal and Kara

      Kyal and Kara became the public’s favourite couple of The Block Fans v Faves series and caught the positive attention of the judges – winning multiple rooms. Their down to earth and friendly nature has made them crowd favorites and their skill and design flair has ensured some beautiful renovation results. As a young, enthusiastic, fit and healthy couple, they have an exciting future ahead.  

      Since The Block, Kyal and Kara have gone on to launch their own business, Diverse Design and Construct, and are working on various design and build projects around the country including their own renovation projects.

      Kyal and Kara Demmrich
     

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