From budget renovations to major makeovers, explore some of the homes Design Plus Drafting has helped transform.
We were engaged to breathe new life in to this tired one-bedroom unit in an Erskineville heritage warehouse conversion, but this was always going to be very much a budget renovation. Clever kitchen design was key to this project, which increased storage and benchtop space without impacting the flow of the open-plan living area.
The bathroom was also given a complete redesign with new 1.8 metre bath, shower, toilet and vanity. The New Black Interiors team handled the decorating utilising a sophisticated, visually coherent scheme to create a greater sense of space throughout.
This project was turned around within an extremely tight timeline and stuck to budget. Just 12 months after completion the revitalised unit sold for an unprecedented price, smashing the suburb record for an apartment of that size.
After deciding his existing 1960s bungalow had to go, our client wanted to envision what his fantasy two-storey, five-bedroom family home would look like before bringing in the wrecking ball. Enter Design Plus Drafting and 3D rendering.
The stunning elevated location dictated that making the most of the views was paramount, as was filling living areas with natural light. Key features included a lavish entertainer’s kitchen, a large private balcony from the master bedroom, a recording studio, pool, and an overall design that would minimise shade over a neighbouring house.
Our client was delighted to see his dreams become a virtual reality in our highly detailed visualisations, created using Revit software.
A client recently asked us to help a family of five customise their dream penthouse apartment in the city.
Despite the incredible views, functionality and ease-of-use were difficult for the father who needed a wheelchair. There was also a disconnect between accessing his children who had bedrooms on the second storey.
Our brief was to make the space more functional and ‘smart’ with home automation [link to blog] for comfort and ease of living. The kitchen and bathroom needed to become more accessible and convenient.
We drafted a more open plan that made the entry and use of each room simpler. Sensor lighting, automatic doors, and a state-of-the-art kitchen and a bathroom that our client could use independently were added.
The next stage of the renovation will see an elevator installed to the second storey.
The family now enjoy not only the scenic skyline but also a greater sense of harmony, convenience, and connectedness.
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We were engaged to rework a classic California bungalow into a modern family home with open living areas, a large deck flowing from the rear of the house, and a new garage providing the client with a spacious workshop. Working closely with a local engineer, our job was to provide a full set of drawings including proposed additions, new floor plans plus elevations and cross sections for the Complying Development application.
Through clever design we were able to create drawings that were swiftly approved by Randwick Council and met Sydney Water’s strict regulations.
With the client’s love of food, cooking and entertaining, the centrepiece for this large family house was no doubt the kitchen, and their new home design by Design Plus Drafting had to showcase it.
The wish list was a long one for this project, including three ovens (two primarily for cooking and the third to keep plates and food warm) plenty of bench space for food prep, fridges to be hidden in the cupboards and a large island bench including seating for up to six people.
After plenty of creative to-ing and fro-ing with this design, our client was absolutely rapt with the end product.
These people have been terrific. Nothing was too much trouble. Ever polite and obliging with creative solutions and warm, friendly, liveable design work.Christopher - Newtown
With a busy family in and out of the house constantly, this customer required a home renovation that opened up the back of the house so the family could enjoy the large living areas… when they get a chance to sit down for five minutes.
An awkward existing layout meant thinking outside the box, using smart design to create a staircase to connect the ground floor to a new second level while maximising space upstairs. Achieving this involved working closely with the client’s structural engineer, to make the ambitious reconfiguration in this home renovation an affordable reality.
With no intention to sell for many years, this is a perfect home for the young family to grow into.
It doesn’t happen often but it’s great when neighbours both plan a renovation at the same time, in this case with very different styles.
While these homes were mirror images of each other, they aren’t anymore.
One wanted a ultra modern minimalist home, with storage built in to every nook and cranny. The other family wanted to retain and enhance the heritage features of the home including fireplaces, tin ceilings and original tiling where possible.
Different design, same result. Very happy customers.
The owners’ immaculate eye for detail was key to making the design for this house renovation a success. This family with two teenage kids was downsizing to an Inner West terrace so maximising all available space was top of their wish list, but the clock was ticking and the family was anxious to get started so they could move in.
In Design Plus Drafting’s design for the reconfiguration of this chic urban bolthole, walls were removed to create a new sense of flow and every available opportunity to create storage was explored. Converting the garage loft into a cosy den/rumpus gives the kids their own place to hang – and the parents a little peace and quiet!
Marrickville Council were very relaxed about the Development Application, and this one sailed through to get final approval.
The natural light and historical elegance of this property inspired our designers. The Design Plus Drafting renovation team made a sumptuous Italianate villa at Mosman work better for a growing family.
The existing property enjoyed great beauty and privacy. However, the views from the first floor lacked the scenic harbour vistas. There was also an outdoor area, which was difficult to access.
Our designers sympathetically expanded the home.
Our aim was to create a seamless indoor-outdoor alfresco area. The resulting outdoor area became more easily accessible.
Upstairs, careful window placement showcased the glorious harbour views from the second storey.
The final design drafts respected the legacy of the original building. We maintained and enhanced the decorative features and exquisite details of the original architecture.
The result was a European-inspired, light-filled, contemporary residence the family loves.
We met all council requirements. The plans sailed smoothly through Mosman Council.
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As space becomes a premium in the Inner West, we are finding more customers looking into granny flat construction and garage conversions to meet their needs. For this client, our innovative team delivered a unique design that was not only space-efficient but blended perfectly with the backyard.
The complete set of plans and documents that was provided by Design Plus Drafting meant a DA was quickly approved by Ashfield Council.