In 2018, Birdblack Design were engaged by our clients at ‘Karimbla Residence’ to begin Phase 1 of their renovations – their Main Bathroom and Ensuite. Here we are in 2020 presenting Phase 2: their Kitchen and Laundry!

Firstly we would like to honour our clients. During the selection process, our clients trusted Birdblack Design to choose materials and finishes which they would not have selected independently. We love clients that trust our experience, vision and knowledge. We are sure that you will agree: the results are divine!

‘Karimbla Residence’ is a townhouse structure, so existing walls proved a little tricky to work with. The Kitchen was subject to these constrictions, so Birdblack Design happily implemented our special style of creative design. In small spaces, we are always fond of floor to ceiling storage, utilising every inch of space. We are passionate about eliminating wasted space and ensuring functionality in dead corners. This particular kitchen had two dead corners, so we specified pull-out storage systems to maximise functionality.

Another fantastic feature are the appliance cupboards which open upwards, saving working bench space, instead of cupboards opening outwards. We incorporated a spices pull-out drawer as well as a pull-out for pantry staples like tea, coffee, sugar, flour canisters etc. The layout remained the same, keeping the stovetop on the back wall and the sink by the window, incorporating lovely new plantation shutters. We did however extend the Kitchen into the Living Space, inviting a much more open feel.

Utilising a black timber-grain laminate for the cabinetry creates a trick of the eye, elongating the space. The showstopper is the St Croix natural marble with an incredible vein feature. We like to describe it as almost a bird’s-eye view of Antarctic ice caps with all the stunning whites, blues and greys.

To set this Kitchen, Birdblack Design specified metal finishes. The rangehood is a brushed stainless steel cladding which pairs beautifully with the tap mixer as well as the under-mount double sink. The Zetr powerpoints also feature the stainless steel finish. To bring warmth to the space, we removed the tiles, installing Oak timber flooring, creating cohesion with the adjoining living spaces.

Moving onto the Laundry, we specified the same black cabinetry, allowing the home to be harmonious within the different spaces. As with the Kitchen, the Laundry was also restricted in space. By incorporating features such as pull-out hampers and cupboards with bi-fold doors which house the stick vacuum, brooms and mops; we have allowed for every item to belong out of sight. Maintaining the floor to ceiling storage again means that products, soaps, towels and linens are all neatly stored away, leaving plenty of bench space.

Including a toilet means this Laundry also doubles up as a guest bathroom when entertaining and the Main Bathroom may be engaged. Speaking of the Main Bathroom, you will discover the utterly fabulous blue fish-scale tiles in both the Laundry and the Main Bathroom, seamlessly tying together the upstairs and downstairs of the home.

The Main Bathroom transformed in 2018 in Phase 1 lacked personality and style: fitted with square terracotta floor tiles and seashell tile borders. With so much potential, Birdblack Design was excited to bring this space to life.

The blue fish-scale tiles we saw in the Laundry in 2020 were first utilised here in 2018 to cover the wall behind the vanity and toilet. Each tile has a subtle crackled glaze on the surface, adding a textural element. These tiles are the perfect backdrop for our custom-made solid American oak vanity. This vanity is designed with functional drawers as well as a shelf for styling towels. Above the vanity, we installed even more storage with semi-recess mirror cabinetry. The cabinetry extends along the entire wall. We maintained the plumbing and window positions, installed a frameless shower with both a large overhead shower as well as a handrail hand shower. The shower floor is tiled in a matte grey penny tile mosaic, creating a lovely tactile element underfoot. We replaced the existing inset bath with a stunning freestanding bath with a floor-mounted bath mixer.

The Ensuite, also renovated in 2018 in Phase 1, was a tight space, lacking in both style and comfort. Ensuites should be luxurious spaces you can relax in. Birdblack Design was tasked with creating this type of space for our clients.

The wow factor in this space is absolutely the charcoal oak Zuster vanity: certainly a show stopping furniture piece and work of art. We specified this vanity for its open design which enhances the minimal floor-space. Atop this gorgeous vanity, we added a striking natural element to this Ensuite by way of a fabulous Calacatta marble basin. Talk about luxuriously brushing your teeth! The metal finish utilised was polished chrome for all the tapware and accessories. These finishes are timeless and classic; perfect for a bathroom to stand the test of time. The cohesion of natural marble and metal finishes is seen in the Kitchen as well, creating a true continuity throughout the home.

We installed a custom recessed-mirror cabinet above the vanity, providing storage for bathroom essentials and power points. Below the mirror cabinet, we built out an alcove which runs along the entire vanity wall. The alcove is perfect for styling candles, soaps and lotions. We utilised a stunning matte grey glass penny tile in the alcove. This mosaic is beautifully eye catching, showcasing subtle texture.

Interior Design: Birdblack Design
Build: Souter Constructions
Photography: The Palm Co (Phase 1)
Better Together Photography (Phase 2)