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CMID Project: City Apartment, Thorndon

Earlier this year, I worked on an extensive apartment renovation which was completed in July. This project came about when my clients decided to downsize from their house in the Wairarapa and move to the city. They had been renting out their Thorndon apartment for 15 years so it was looking shabby and ready for a change. The initial brief when I first met the clients was a basic tidying up of the apartment so it would be suitable for them to move in. However, as we progressed through the initial design stage, the clients started to realise fully their required needs so the brief changed and ended up as an extensive renovation with structural work, a full remodel and refurbishment. We completed the building work in six weeks and finished off with a special 'reveal' to the delighted clients who had been away for the duration of the project.

I thought I would share with you some before and after photos so you can see how far this apartment has come! Today lets start with the living area. 

The living area - before

The living area - after

As you can see, it's quite the transformation! The living area is now centred around a large joinery unit on the end wall which houses the TV, books and other belongings. The joinery unit is the main focal point of the space and it has been installed nicely within the surrounding concrete column and beam. We also painted out the concrete into the same colour as the walls to make them less obvious. For the whole apartment, we kept to a tight palette of light timbers, off white, light grey and soft blue (the client's favourite colour), which I think is essential in making a small apartment feel spacious and harmonious. The soft furniture was chosen for several reasons - their simple form so they wouldn't overwhelm the space, their legs so that they are raised off the floor, and their traditional details, like the rolled arms, piping and castor feet, to add character. We also specified multi-use furniture, like the Artek stools, which can be used as side tables or extra seating when needed, or stacked away when not in use. 

All 'after' photographs by Bonny Stewart-MacDonald.