Made Somewhere - Real Life Reno
We have been slowly renovating and landscaping our 1920's cottage in the beautiful Southern Highlands. The ensuite was one of our most recent projects, however we have two more bathrooms to tackle next!
How would you describe your style?
We would definitely describe our style as minimal in both work and personal life. We love contemporary designs but also wanted a touch of character and period aesthetics to tie back into the age of the house.
Talk us though the process you took in the planning stages of the renovation?
We've always saved inspiration we love on instagram and pinterest, so before we started our project we had many years of images to sort through and collate into a moodboard for our vision.
Were there any delays? How long did the renovation take?
We started the demolition at the end of October 2020 and completed the project at the end of January 2021. Our custom vanity caused the biggest delay (18 weeks from ordering), as well as the Christmas/New Years break, which paused the renovation for a couple of weeks.
What was the most challenging part of the renovation? Did anything go wrong? How did you adapt?
All ran pretty smoothly, besides a faulty in-wall toilet (luckily we realised this before plastering and tiling). The most challenging part of the renovation was the structure of the framework, which had been converted into a room over an existing veranda many decades prior. The walls and floor were completely out of square, as well as some termite damage and rot which we needed to address before starting.
Were you juggling a career as well as overlooking the renovations?
Yes, we both run a graphic design studio 'Made Somewhere'. Due to covid we were predominatly working from home anyway, so we could just juggle both working and renovating from the one location.
Did you and Elki butt heads over the design at all?
No, luckily we had very similar vision for the ensuite! We are very used to working together in our career, so the ensuite was just another project to work on together. The choice of floor tiles was the only discussion we had on varying opinions. We agreed on the bold look of the Avoca over something more subtle, which we are so thrilled with!
Did you come into the TileCloud showroom to look around at tiles? Did you order samples?
We ordered two sets of samples from TileCloud and made our selection from them. It was great comparing what was in our hands with inspiration from TileCloud's instagram.
Why did you choose TileCloud / What did you enjoy best about the TileCloud experience?
We helped create the TileCloud brand and website a few years ago and have always loved and admired the team and their dedication to their customers. It was a no brainer for us to choose TileCloud and finally be able to put our tile obsession (thanks TileCloud) to good use!
Any advice for first time renovators?
Plan well and create a checklist and moodboard to make sure you are confident with your vision before starting. Understand what you are capable of doing yourself and what you are capable of doing yourself and what to hire professionals for. Thank you to Jake @drift.plumbing, Frank @highlandstiling, and @bowralglass for our plumbing, tiling and shower screen! Also live in your space for a while before jumping into renovating! You'll quickly work out what is more important to you and what you require.
Tapware: Faucet and Strommen (Matt Black – Pegai Range) @faucetstrommen
Shaving Cabinet: ADP (Pill Shaving Cabinet) @adpaustralia
Shower Screen: Highlands Glass (Starfire Glass) @bowralglass
Plumbing: Drift Plumbing @drift.plumbing
Tiling: Highlands Tiling @highlandstiling