Paddington Renovation: Before & After
Paddington Renovation: Our client had purchased an apartment on the top floor of a beautiful Georgian building in Paddington. It consisted of a living room, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a small kitchen in the hallway. We were briefed to help with a simple yet transformative renovation of the very tired looking interior.
We designed the apartment to suit our client’s tastes and lifestyle. A young, professional male, he liked clean lines and a contemporary look and feel. He owned three guitars and had a passion for music.
The client has a great eye for design and art work and collaborated closely with our designer, David Massingham, throughout the project.
The starting point was to refurbish the flooring. We took a sustainable approach, renovating the existing wooden flooring rather than removing and replacing. The floor was sanded, the blackened areas cleaned and a final finishing topcoat applied. The unattractive yellow tone was removed and the floor looks fresh and new.
The Grand Repos wing chair designed by Antonio Citterio in 2011 is the central piece in the living room design. A classic design, it looks great and is a perfect shape for guitar playing. We modernised the existing joinery. The structure of the cupboards was retained and updated with new detailing, handles and paintwork. A new media unit, dining table and chairs were purchased.
The artwork is a beautiful finishing touch that draws the design together. There are still more pieces to be purchased.
Flow & Flexiblity
We continued the look and feel of the living room through into the adjacent snug. Re-purposed as an occasional guest bedroom, home office and additional area for guitar playing, we chose a sofa bed, cabinet, desk and chair. The floor was recarpeted within the neutral base palette to maximise the light and sense of space and work with the textured wallcovering.
The small galley kitchen is within the central hall area. It had been blocked in by frosted glass panelling, making it both dark and ergonomically challenging. Removing the panels and opening up into the hallway overcame both of these issues. It effectively doubled the size of the kitchen and the under cabinet lighting instantly illuminates the otherwise dark hallway.
The bedroom is north facing and over-shadowed by tall neighbouring buildings. The choice of a fresh mid-toned green makes the most of the low level of natural light and adds an uplifting contrast to the rest of the apartment. The result is both calming and uplifting.
The initial proposal did not include the bathroom. However, during the project we noticed cracking in the tiles that looked as though they could be covering up an issue. We asked the builder to raise one tile and discovered that the floor was sodden underneath. Remedial work was required. We took the opportunity to make improvements at the same time.
Ripple of Light
Once the decision to renovate the bathroom had been taken, the client briefed us to create a modern zen-like bathroom. The lighting emphasises the high ceilings to make the most of the vertical dimensions within the limited footprint. This has become the client’s favourite aspect of the renovation!
Paddington Renovation Credits
At Decorbuddi we work as a team with our clients, colleagues and trusted preferred suppliers, each and every one contributing to the successful delivery of the project. This Paddington Renovation project was designed by Decorbuddi Interior David Massingham
Paddington Renovation Photography by: Hiran Pera